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Qualidade de Vida de Cuidadores de Idosos com Diagnóstico de Alzheimer e o Emprego de Acupuntura – Revisão de Literatura

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15603/2176-1019/mud.v24n2p65-70



Patrícia F. H. Carraro1, Celina M. C. Magalhães2 & Paula D. Carvalho3


Resumo: A qualidade de vida de cuidadores tem sido preocupação dos pesquisadores, especialmente de cuidadores de idosos com doença de Alzheimer. A doença de Alzheimer é incapacitante, gera total dependência e o doente requer atenção exclusiva, portanto, sobrecarrega fisicamente, emocionalmente e socialmente quem cuida. A acupuntura que é uma terapia integradora entre o corpo e a mente pode ser uma maneira não medicamentosa de aliviar o fardo dos cuidadores. Nesse sentido, este estudo buscou na literatura entre 2005 e 2015 estudos que correlacionassem os efeitos da acupuntura na qualidade de vida dos cuidadores de idosos. Foram encontradas muitas evidencias de que esta terapia melhora a qualidade de vida em diversas patologias. Esta revisão identificou que há uma lacuna no emprego de acupuntura na qualidade de vida dos cuidadores.

Palavras-chave: qualidade de vida, cuidador, idoso, Alzheimer, terapia, acupuntura.


Abstract: Quality of life of caregivers has been concern of researchers, especially caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is disabling, it generates total dependence and the patient requires undivided attention, so physically overloads, emotionally and socially caregivers. Acupuncture is an integrative therapy between the body and the mind can be a non-drug way to ease the burden of caregivers. Therefore, this study review in the literature between 2005 and 2015 studies that correlate the effects of acupuncture on the quality of life of elderly Alzheimer caregivers. It was founded many evidence that this therapy improves the quality of life in various diseases. This review identified that there is a gap in the use of acupuncture in the caregivers’ quality of life.

Key words: quality of life, caregiver, elderly, Alzheimer’s therapy, acupuncture


1 Fisioterapeuta, acupunturista e mestranda do PPG em Teoria e Pesquisa do Comportamento –UFP.
2 Professora doutora do PPG em Teoria e Pesquisa do Comportamento – UFP
3 Psicóloga e doutoranda do PPG em Teoria e Pesquisa do Comportamento - UFP


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