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Enfermería Global

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MOTA, Dalete  and  RIBEIRO, Milainy Barbosa. Quality of life in patients with spinal cord injury and pressure ulcers. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2016, vol.15, n.42, pp.13-21. ISSN 1695-6141.

Objective: To identify the prevalence of pressure ulcers in patients with spinal cord injuries and analyze their quality of life. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study conducted in a specialized institution for rehabilitation of patients with major disabilities. WHOQOL-bref (0 to 100; higher scores indicate better quality of life), and a profile form were used for data collection. Results: Of the 118 patients with spinal cord injuries admitted during the data collection, 58 (49.1%) had pressure ulcers. Among these, 40 answered the instruments. Analysis of the WHOQOLbref showed very low score for the Physical Domain (53.04), followed by the psychological (60.94) and environmental (63.52) domains. The social domain was the only one with a satisfactory score (70.21). Conclusion: A high prevalence of pressure ulcers among people with spinal cord injuries was observed. The evaluation of quality of life elucidates a significant dissatisfaction of the participants, especially regarding the physical domain.

Keywords : Nursing; quality of life; pressure ulcer; spinal cord.

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