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VAZQUEZ GARAY, Fidel; MONCADA SANTOS, Margarita de la Caridad  and  GOLA RODRIGUEZ, Daylin. Social representation of health in aged patients from a health area in Santiago de Cuba. MEDISAN [online]. 2019, vol.23, n.1, pp.52-64. ISSN 1029-3019.

A descriptive study of 80 aged patients with ages over 65 years, belonging to "Ramón López Peña" Teaching Polyclinic in Santiago de Cuba was made from January to May, 2017, for which a mixed methodology was used, with a strategy of triangulation of data in a quanti-qualitative sense, in order to determine the social representations that they built on their health. The main results indicated that the social representation of the health state in these elderly included the figurative nucleus composed by the importance that they attribute to this category, perceived as the absence or not of somatic disease, and by the emotional states, such as fear and insecurity that generates not possessing an appropriate health state.

Keywords : old age; social representation; human health; health state; primary health care.

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