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Enfermería Global

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LIMA, Deise Feijó et al. Factors that make oral feeding difficult to hospitalized elderly patients. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2017, vol.16, n.48, pp.429-464.  Epub Dec 14, 2020. ISSN 1695-6141.

This study was aimed to identify the factors that make the oral feeding difficult to hospitalized elderly patients. This is a quantitative research with cross-sectional design, developed with 111 elderly hospitalized in a hospital located in the south of Rio Grande do Sul. For data collection, an instrument called Food Rating Scale for the Elderly Hospitalized. A factorial was used, and a descriptive analysis was performed. The quantitative data produced was scanned and organized in the software Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, version 20.0. It was identified four factors related to the difficulty of oral feeding by the hospitalized elderly patients: environmental factors, eating, physiological and the ones related to the health team. Environmental factors stood out as those that cause the oral feeding to be more difficult in hospitalized elderly patients, specifically the items that include pain, depression and the use/action of drugs.

Keywords : Elderly; Food; Nursing; Gerontogeriatric Nursing.

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