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Revista de Salud Pública

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GARZON-DUQUE, María O. et al. Perceptions about their own old age from the perspective of a group of epidemiologists in training. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2017, vol.19, n.6, pp.780-786. ISSN 0124-0064.


Exploring, from the perspective of a group of epidemiologists in training, the perceptions about their own old age.

Material and Methods

Exploratory, qualitative-descriptive study, in which ethnographic tools were applied: observation, field diary and group interview (GF).


Explored from the perspective of a group of epidemiologists in training. The group agreed that to plan to reach a functional and decent old is important, despite the current unfavorable and adverse conditions, recognizing that not all will reach there, and it is less common for young people to think and plan their own old age, and even less work with and for the elderly. The meaning of aging most often mentioned by the group contain the word "phase", in which concept and care reflect the high standards desired individually. It became clear, that nursing homes for old age people are necessary, but the services provided are differentiated since "the economy determines the care for the elderly".


Reflecting on the perception of old age itself, for the group of epidemiologists in training, helped visualize their concerns, fears, expectations, and to reflect on their responsibilities and possibilities in providing scientific evidence to plan and make sound decisions for a dignified old age and aging of the population from Nariño.

Keywords : Aged; qualitative research; aging; epidemiology; perception; public health (source: MeSH, NLM).

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