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Ciencia y enfermería

versión On-line ISSN 0717-9553


ALMEIDA DA SILVA, Valdenir et al. FOOD MEMORIES AMONG HOSPITALIZED ELDERLY PEOPLE. Cienc. enferm. [online]. 2021, vol.27, 1.  Epub 28-Mar-2021. ISSN 0717-9553.

Objective: To analyze the food memories of elderly people who were hospitalized in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Materials and Methods: Qualitative study, conducted in a public hospital in Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil, with fourteen elderly people who were hospitalized in intensive care units between January 2013 and May 2015. The following criteria were adopted: to be elderly, to have stayed in the ICU for more than 72 hours, to have been fed orally and have cognitive conditions to participate according to the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE). For the elderly without years of schooling, those with a score higher than 18 were considered suitable, and a score of 26 for those with more than eight years of schooling. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews and analyzed using Alceste statistical software. In all cases, information on the research protocol was provided and free, prior and informed consent was requested. Results: The lexical class Food Memories of the Elderly was identified, revealing the eating habits of the elderly, the preferred food, food preparation; the prohibitions caused by chronic illness and food in the hospital. Conclusion: Food has an important meaning in the lives of these elderly people. Eating represents a pleasure related to their memories and cultural identities.

Palabras clave : Elderly people; Intensive Care Units; Eating habits; Nursing.

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