Quedas em pessoas idosas institucionalizadas
: uma scoping review

Translated title of the thesis: Accidental falls in institutionalized elderly people: a scoping review
  • Catarina da Silva Santos (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


As demographic aging becomes a reality today, with continuous growth, health problems increase exponentially. It is imperative to think about how services are prepared for this reality and to address the major risks to the health and safety of older people. It is in this context that the present study, which focuses on the problem of falls in institutionalized elderly people, is justified, one of the problems with a high incidence in the referred population. The general objective of this study is the exploration and understanding of existing scientific content about falls in institutionalized elderly people. The methodology used is a scoping review and was defined by the synthesis and analysis involvement of a wide range of research material in order to provide greater conceptual clarity on the specific topic in question, following the guidelines of the Briggs Institute.The incidence and prevalence of falls varies between 22%-63% to 22%-35%, respectively. Regarding the risk factors for falls, several were identified, such as impaired mobility, polymedication, chronic disease, among others. It was also verified that institutionalized women are at greater risk of falling. The articles selected showed the researchers' concern about the intercurrences and consequences of falls in older people. The institutionalized elderly people are those who suffer more falls, and the articles analyzed allowed to know the high prevalence and incidence of falls in this age group. In general, the analyzed sources showed that the fall is an event of great complexity and with severe consequences that affects both physically and psychologically the daily life of the elderly person.
Date of Award3 Apr 2018
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorMargarida Maria Vieira (Supervisor)


  • Elderly
  • Falls
  • Care homes
  • Insitutionalized


  • Mestrado em Enfermagem

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