Revista de Ciencias Médicas de Pinar del Río
versión On-line ISSN 1561-3194
CASANOVA MORENO, María de la Caridad et al. Quality of life in the elderly suffering from diabetes mellitus type-2. "Hermanos Cruz" Oupatient Clinic, 2010. Rev Ciencias Médicas [online]. 2011, vol.15, n.2, pp. 145-156. ISSN 1561-3194.
Introduction: Quality of life results from the interaction of the subject with the context and all of the surrounding socioeconomic factors. Objective: to assess some aspects related to the quality of life of old patients suffering from diabetes type-2 at "Hermanos Cruz" outpatient clinic in 2010. Methods: a descriptive, cross sectional study was conducted with 91 type 2_diabetic patients; these patients were provided with comprehensive care. To achieve the objectives, a survey to each patient was applied, and the questionnaire to measure quality of life profile for chronic disease sufferers was used as well. Results: female patients prevailed. Generally; those diabetic patients with 10 years of evolution, overweight and individuals suffering from cerebrovascular disorders and non- contagious-associated-chronic diseases, when connecting quality of life profiles with the variables considered, they showed much more health problems respect to: negative and positive states of mind, as in physical or psychological capacity. Conclusion: Primary Health Care must prepare preventive and health promotion activities for the elderly suffering from diabetes mellitus type-2 in order to contribute to the improvement of their quality of life, and as a result, to accomplish the goal of a satisfactory old age.
Palabras llave : Diabetes mellitus; quality of life; old age people.