Clinical Research with elderly: Including them in the modern society.
Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (UNISUL)
Public Health
Núcleo de incentivo a pesquisa Júnior (NIP) – Unisul, Curso de medicina, Av. José Acácio Moreira, 787 - Dehon, Tubarão - SC, 88704-900, Brazil.
Daniela Quedi Willig
Daniela Quedi Willig
English, Portuguese and Spanish
4 weeks
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Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project without Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
The elderly population grows meaningfully, and Brazil follows this tendency, all because the lower rates of fecundation and also because people are tending to live longer. During this time of aging, a set of functional and structural alterations unfavorable to the body happens, accumulating in a progressive way, impairing motor performance and causing psychological and social difficulties, interfering negatively in the adaptation of the individual to the environment. Knowing this, it's essential to allow social inclusion to these individuals and it is what our project offer to them. The results sought are simple, however, fundamental in the lives of future participants, such as a cognitive accompaniment of their advances in addition to improving their lives with doses of art, culture, music, knowledge, physical activity and logic.
What is the aim of the project?
The main purpose of this activity list is to integrate the courses of Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (UNISUL) for the cause of the elderly population, as well as seeking to reduce stereotypes with individuals over sixty, as it is one of the ONU aims described in the World Report on Aging and Health.
What techniques and methods are used?
First, the elderly are introduced to the project and are tested (The World Health Organization Quality of Life Group-Spirituality, Religion and Personal Beliefs Group -WHOQOL-SRPB - field-test, tinnitus test, sociodemographic, audiometry), this tests are performed periodically and the data is analysed. Thus, the elderly begin courses that are based on social and digital inclusion so that they are more inserted in society. In this way, we are looking for results about how their experiences increase their quality of life.
What is the role of the student?
- The student will mainly observe
- The tasks will be done under supervision
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
The student is in charge of applying the tests in the elderly and helping in reading the results obtained, will be able to participate and develop workshops with the project participants, all activities will be supervised and translated by the tutor or other responsible for the study when needed. All the data collected must be registered in the Microsoft Excel tables, the student will participate actively in this process and also will be included in the results discussions and also when the data will be crossed with other studies to verify the suitability of the outcomes. The student will still be instigated to study more about geriatrics and gerontology, guided by themes and bibliography that his tutor will provide and will also be encouraged to seek new sources of knowledge. It will be possible to get in touch with people from diverse socioeconomic realities in Brazil and participate in a social inclusion project which is developed locally, the main tasks include recreative activities with the elderly, informal talking. All of this with supervision.
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
Yes. The tutor will provide articles and theorical read about the the project and epidemiologics of the elderly in Brazil. The student will also receive explanations during the research stage.
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a poster
- The student will prepare a presentation
- The student will prepare a scientific report
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Be able to work with elderly, be an organized and focused person with a critical sense and also be able to work in group.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts:
- Medical students
- Graduated students (less than 6 months)
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