Diferenciais intra-urbanos de vulnerabilidade da população idosa

Translated title of the contribution: Intra-urban differences in vulnerability among the elderly population

Luciana de Souza Braga, James Macinko, Fernando Augusto Proietti, Cibele Comini César, Maria Fernanda Lima-Costa

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This study examined the adequacy of a health vulnerability index (HVI) for identifying intraurban differences in vulnerability in the elderly population. Study participants (n = 1,055) were selected by probabilistic sampling of residents in the city of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais State, Brazil, aged 60 years or older (mean = 70.1 years). The HVI was constructed with indicators of socioeconomic conditions and premature mortality at the census tract level. Based on its location and HVI value, each participant's household was classified as low, medium, or high-risk. Results of multivariate ordinal logistic regression models showed graded and statistically significant associations between the household's risk level and the social and physical environment, health conditions and behaviors, and health service needs (adjusted prevalence ratios ranging from 1.17; 95%CI: 1.02-1.34 to 1.65; 95%CI: 1.45-1.88). The HVI appears to be a useful instrument for identifying health and social service needs among the elderly.

Translated title of the contributionIntra-urban differences in vulnerability among the elderly population
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)2307-2315
Number of pages9
JournalCadernos de saude publica
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2010


  • Aged
  • Health services
  • Health vulnerability
  • Urban health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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