June 8, 1984

Self-care Education Program in the Elderly

Author Affiliations

National Health Service
University Center for the Study of Elderly Condition Brescia, Italy

JAMA. 1984;251(22):2929. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340460019016

To the Editor.—  We read the report by Vickery et al1 on the impact of a self-care educational program on the decrease in medical visits. The results may be at least partially compared with those recently obtained by our group on a homogeneous population of elderly subjects.In the small town of Ome (Lombardy, northern Italy) we carried out a large-scale educational program on the population older than 60 years (about 360 subjects). The project consisted of group meetings, personal interviews, and distribution of a booklet prepared by us on the basis of the "Age Page" (published by the US National Institute on Aging and concerning self-care of the elderly).Fifteen months later we are trying to detect the possible effects of our intervention on the basis of the number of checkups carried out per person and the type of medical problems posed by the patients. The inquiry was