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Evaluation of fragility and nursing interventions in the case of the elderly: a transversal study

Graciela Maria Carneiro Maciel, Rejane Maria Menezes, Thaís Moreira Santos, Heloiza Talita Adriano da Silva, Maria Edjailma Silva Sousa, Gleyce Any de Lima


Introduction: Fragility is a multidimensional syndrome that involves biological, psychological and social factors. The risk to fragility in the elderly is associated with the state of vulnerability of these people leading to the development of incapacitating conditions, loss of autonomy, and functional dependency. Aims: To evaluate and ascertain the nursing interventions for the elderly at risk of fragility; to identify the level of such patients by using Edmonton’s Frail Scale; to verify the association of the domains described in the Scale with the levels of fragility; to indicate the nursing interventions for the elderly at risk of fragility according to the Protocol of Interventions.  Method: This is a transversal study, which adopts a quantitative approach. Expected results: The indication of nursing interventions for the elderly at risk of fragility. Implications to health: This present study will be a positive addition to gerontology clinical practice, in terms of avoiding or reducing the effect of fragility.


Nursing; Elder; Frail Syndrome


Fabrício-Wehbe SCC, Schiaveto FV, Vendrusculo TRP, Haas VJ, Dantas RAS, Rodrigues RAP. Cross-Cultural Adaptation and Validity of the “Edmonton Frail Scale – EFS” In a Brazilian Elderly Sample. Rev Latino-Am Enfermagem [Internet]. 2009 [Cited 2014 Ago 13] 17(6). Avaibable from:

Fabrício-Wehbe SCC, Cruz IR, Haas VJ, Diniz MA, Dantas RAS, Rodrigues RAP. Reproducibility of the Brazilian version of the Edmonton Frail Scale for elderly living in the community. Rev Latino-Am Enfermagem [Internet]. 2013 [Cited 2014 Jun 3] 21(6). Avaibable from:

Bessa MEP. Elaboração e Validação de Conteúdo do Protocolo de Intervenções de Enfermagem para Idosos com Risco Fragilidade [tese]. Fortaleza: Universidade Federal do Ceará, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Enfermagem da Faculdade de Farmácia, Odontologia e Enfermagem; 2012.



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