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Tomomitsu M.R.S.V.,University of Campinas | Perracini M.R.,City University of Sao Paulo
Ciencia e Saude Coletiva | Year: 2014

This article seeks to investigate associations between satisfaction with life and sociodemo-graphic variables, health conditions, functionality, social involvement and social support among elderly caregivers and non-caregivers, as well as between satisfaction and the intensity of stress in the caregiver group. A sample of 338 caregivers was selected according to two items of the Brazilian version of the Elders Life Stress Inventory. A comparison-group of elderly non-caregivers was selected at random, with a similar gender, age and income profle. Data were derived from self-reported questionnaires and scales. Elderly caregivers with low levels of satisfaction and high levels of stress revealed more symptoms of insomnia, fatigue, diseases and worse IADL performance. Those with greater satisfaction and less stress revealed a good level of social support. Insomnia, depression and fatigue were associated with low satisfaction among caregivers, and with fatigue, depression and low social support among non-caregivers. It was considered relevant that instrumental, psychological and informative support can improve the quality of life and the quality of care provided by elderly caregivers, especially if they are affected by unfavorable health and psychosocial conditions and low satisfaction with life.


Nunes E.D.,City University of Sao Paulo
Ciencia e Saude Coletiva | Year: 2015

This paper analyses some aspects of the trajectory of the Argentinian physician and sociologist Juan César García (1932-1984) in the field of Latin American Social Medicine. Three dimensions constituting his basic orientations are highlighted: The elaboration of systematic and reflective social thought; a critical attitude in questioning teaching and professional practices; a commitment to the institutionalization and dissemination of health knowledge. © 2015 Associacao Brasileira de Pos - Graduacao em Saude Coletiva. All rights reserved.


Padula R.S.,City University of Sao Paulo
Revista brasileira de fisioterapia (São Carlos (São Paulo, Brazil)) | Year: 2012

Systematic reviews are considered the best design to synthesize all existing information of a given research topic. To date, there is no study that investigated the quality of reporting of systematic reviews relevant to physical therapy published in Portuguese. Objective: To analyse the quality of reporting of systematic reviews in the field of physical therapy published in Portuguese by using the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis) checklist. All systematic reviews published in Portuguese that were indexed on PEDro database up to August 2011 were included. The quality of reporting of the eligible papers was analysed by using the PRISMA checklist. Each quality assessment was performed by two independent reviewers with arbitration of a third reviewer if necessary. A total of 37 systematic reviews were identified. These studies were published between 2003 and 2010. Less than 30% of the PRISMA checklist items were satisfied, being most of the items related to the introduction and discussion sections. No improvements over time were observed. Most of the studies did not satisfy the items from the PRISMA Checklist. It seems that most of authors did not know the existence of this checklist. The implementation of reporting statements such as the PRISMA statement by Portuguese-written journals is likely to help authors to write their systematic reviews in a more transparent and clear way.


Chronic nonspecific low back pain is a significant health condition with high prevalence worldwide and it is associated with enormous costs to society. Clinical practice guidelines show that many interventions are available to treat patients with chronic low back pain, but the vast majority of these interventions have a modest effect in reducing pain and disability. An intervention that has been widespread in recent years is the use of elastic bandages called Kinesio Taping. Although Kinesio Taping has been used extensively in clinical practice, current evidence does not support the use of this intervention; however these conclusions are based on a small number of underpowered studies. Therefore, questions remain about the effectiveness of the Kinesio Taping method as an additional treatment to interventions, such as conventional physiotherapy, that have already been recommended by the current clinical practice guidelines in robust and high-quality randomised controlled trials. We aim to determine the effectiveness of the addition of the use of Kinesio Taping in patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain who receive guideline-endorsed conventional physiotherapy. One hundred and forty-eight patients will be randomly allocated to receive either conventional physiotherapy, which consists of a combination of manual therapy techniques, general exercises, and specific stabilisation exercises (Guideline-Endorsed Conventional Physiotherapy Group) or to receive conventional physiotherapy with the addition of Kinesio Taping to the lumbar spine (Conventional Physiotherapy plus Kinesio Taping Group) over a period of 5 weeks (10 sessions of treatment). Clinical outcomes (pain intensity, disability and global perceived effect) will be collected at baseline and at 5 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months after randomisation. We will also collect satisfaction with care and adverse effects after treatment. Data will be collected by a blinded assessor. All statistical analysis will be conducted following the principles of intention to treat, and the effects of treatment will be calculated using Linear Mixed Models. The results of this study will provide new information about the usefulness of Kinesio Taping as an additional component of a guideline-endorsed physiotherapy program in patients with chronic nonspecific low back pain.


STUDY DESIGN:: Correlation and agreement analysis OBJECTIVES:: The objective of this study was to compare the Brazilian Portuguese versions of the ÖMPSQ-short and the SBST-Brazil in patients with low back pain and to verify their correlation with disability, kinesiophobia, and pain. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA:: The Örebro Musculoskeletal Pain Screening Questionnaire Short-Form (ÖMPSQ-short) and the STarT Back Screening Tool (SBST) were designed to identify patients at risk of developing pain and disability related to psychosocial factors. METHODS:: We assessed 130 patients, who answered the ÖMPSQ-short, SBST-Brazil, Roland-Morris disability questionnaire, Tampa scale of kinesiophobia, and Pain Numerical Rating scale. The total scores of the ÖMPSQ-short and the SBST-Brazil were correlated with the other questionnaires. Cross tabulation and Cohenʼs kappa were used to analyze the agreement between the ÖMPSQ-short and the SBST-Brazil for participant classification as low- or high-risk for involvement of psychosocial factors. RESULTS:: The ÖMPSQ-short and the SBST-Brazil presented good correlation between total scores (r=0.73), good correlation with disability (ÖMPSQ-short: r?=?0.72; SBST-Brazil: r?=?0.76) and kinesiophobia (ÖMPSQ-short: r?=?0.68; SBST-Brazil: r?=?0.60) and moderate correlation with pain in the last episode (ÖMPSQ-short: r?=?0.39; SBST-Brazil: r?=?0.48), in last two weeks (ÖMPSQ-short: r?=?0.39; SBST: r?=?0.43), and current pain (ÖMPSQ-short: r?=?0.39; SBST-Brazil: r?=?0.31). Participant classification as high or low risk by the two questionnaires showed moderate agreement (k?=?0.49). 83% of participants were classified correctly by the two questionnaires. CONCLUSION:: The ÖMPSQ-short and the SBST-Brazil showed good correlation between total scores and moderate agreement for patient classification in relation to the presence of psychosocial factors.Level of Evidence: 3 Copyright © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.

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