Evaluación de un programa comunitario para reducir el aislamiento de personas mayores debido a barreras arquitectónicas

Translated title of the contribution: Evaluation of a community program to reduce isolation in older people due to architectural barriers

Elia Díez, Ferran Daban, Maribel Pasarín, Lucía Artazcoz, Carmen Fuertes, M. José López, Núria Calzada

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Abstract

Objective: Social isolation impairs health. An intervention to reduce isolation due to architectural barriers in elderly persons was carried out in Barcelona (Spain). This study aimed to evaluate its effects on health. Methods: We conducted a quasi-experimental before-after study. Isolated older people were identified in three deprived urban areas from 2009 to 2011. Participants had twice-weekly outings with volunteers in a stair-climbing power wheelchair. User satisfaction was evaluated and perceived health status, quality of life, and mental health before and after four outings were compared with McNemar tests. Results: There were 74 participants (median age: 83 years; IQR: 78-89). Perceived health improved by 21%, mental health by 24%, and psychological distress was reduced by 16%. Most participants (98%) were satisfied. Conclusion: The intervention improved perceived health and mental health. Elderly people with impaired mobility should not live in buildings with architectural barriers and, if this cannot be avoided, similar programs should be implemented.

Translated title of the contributionEvaluation of a community program to reduce isolation in older people due to architectural barriers
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)386-388
Number of pages3
JournalGaceta sanitaria / S.E.S.P.A.S
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Accesibilidad
  • Accessibility
  • Aged
  • Aislamiento social
  • Community health services
  • Health promotion
  • Intervención comunitaria
  • Mayores
  • Promoción de la salud
  • Social isolation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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