Funcionalidade e relações sociais entre idosos da Região Metropolitana de Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brasil: Um estudo epidemiológico de base populacional

Translated title of the contribution: Functional performance and social relations among the elderly in Greater Metropolitan Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais State, Brazil: A population-based epidemiological study

Juliana Lustosa Torres, Rosângela Corrêa Dias, Fabiane Ribeiro Ferreira, James Macinko, Maria Fernanda Lima-Costa

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This study was conducted in a probabilistic sample of 2,055 elderly in Greater Metropolitan Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais State, Brazil, to examine components of social network (conjugal status and visits by the children, other relatives, and friends) and social support (satisfaction with personal relations and having persons on whom to rely) associated with limitations in performing basic activities of daily living (ADL). Multivariate analysis used the Hurdle model. Performance of ADL showed independent and statistically significant associations with social network (fewer meetings with friends and not having children) and personal support (dissatisfaction/indifference towards personal relations). These associations remained after adjusting for social and demographic characteristics, health status, and other indicators of social relations. Our results emphasize the need for greater attention to social network and social support for elderly with functional limitations and those with weak social networks and social support.

Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)1018-1028
Number of pages11
JournalCadernos de saude publica
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2014



  • Disabled persons
  • Health of the elderly
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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