Avaliação cognitiva de pacientes em cuidados paliativos: estudo piloto

Silvia Patricia Fernandes Coelho, Cintia Pinho-Reis, Manuel Luís Vilas Capelas, Luis Sá

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Aim: To assess cognitive status of patients with palliative needs, admitted to a convalescent unit, using the instrument, PfeifferScale. Material and Methods: It is a descriptive, observational and cross-sectional study conducted in 23 patients admitted to aconvalescent unit in Portugal, between February 18 and March 5, 2014. The cognitive assessment was performed using the ScalePfeiffer-Portuguese version. Statistical analysis was performed with descriptive and analytical methodology. Results: Over 50% ofrespondents missed questions requesting the phone number and address (82.6%), subtraction account (60.9%) and the name of theformer President of the Republic (56.5%). Patients with cognitive impairments have a median of 83 (66-87anos). Conclusion: the study suggests that use of Pfeiffer Scale constitutes an appropriate tool for assessing the cognitive state of patients with palliativeneeds.
Original languagePortuguese
JournalInvestigación en Enfermería: Imagen y Desarrollo
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2018


  • Palliative care
  • Needs assessment
  • Cognition
  • Inpatients
  • Nursing care

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