Evolution of self-care dependent individuals admitted to the National Network for Integrated Continuous Care
Evolução das pessoas dependentes no autocuidado acompanhadas na Rede Nacional de Cuidados Continuados Integrados

Fernando Petronilho, Cidália Pereira, Ana Magalhães, Dora Carvalho, Jorge Oliveira, Paula Castro, Maria Machado
2017 Revista de Enfermagem Referência  
The National Network for Integrated Continuous Care (NNICC) emerged as a response to the increasing aging of the Portuguese population and the consequent increase in the number of self-care dependent individuals. Objectives: To assess the potential for the recovery of autonomy, the evolution of bodily processes impairment, and the level of self-care dependence among dependent individuals admitted to the NNICC. Methodology: A descriptive and exploratory study was conducted using a convenience
more » ... ng a convenience sample of 891 dependent individuals from 10 NNICC care units within the area of influence of a Local Coordination Team in the region of Minho, Portugal. Results: The results showed a low to moderate potential for the recovery of autonomy. There was a positive evolution in bodily processes impairment and in the level of self-care dependence. The greater potential for the recovery of autonomy is associated with a lower level of bodily processes impairment and a higher self-care independence. Conclusion: The study reveals effective health gains in the health condition of dependent individuals admitted to the NNICC, within its different types of care, which demonstrates its usefulness.
doi:10.12707/riv17027 fatcat:h3umndlscbc6fgbofucd2toeke