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Methodological Description of Mapping Brazilian Long-Term Care Facilities for Older Adults


  • Marisa Accioly Rodrigues da Costa Domingues Escola de Artes, Ciências e Humanidades, Campus USP Leste, Universidade de São Paulo – USP, São Paulo – SP, Brasil
  • Patrick Alexander Wachholz Botucatu Medical School - São Paulo State University (UNESP)
  • Christiano Barbosa da Silva Programa de Pós Graduação em Epidemiologia em Saúde Pública, Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública Sergio Arouca, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brasil. Casa Gerontológica de Aeronáutica Brigadeiro Eduardo Gomes, Força Aérea Brasileira, Rio de Janeiro-RJ, Brasil
  • Lidiane Charbel Souza Peres Fórum ILPI de Juiz de Fora, Juiz de Fora - MG, Brasil
  • Paula Ferreira Chacon Programa de Pós-Graduação em Gerontologia, Pontificia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte - MG, Brasil
  • Polyana Caroline de Lima Bezerra Programa de Pós-Graduação em Saúde Pública, Universidade Federal do Acre, Rio Brance – AC, Brasil
  • Sandra Lohmann Frente Nacional de Fortalecimento ás ILPI, Brasília - DF, Brasil
  • Virgilio Garcia Moreira Laboratório de Pesquisa em Envelhecimento Humano (GeronLab), Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, Brasil
  • Yeda A. O. Duarte j Faculdade de Saúde Pública, Universidade de São Paulo – USP, São Paulo – SP, Brasil
  • Karla Cristina Giacomin Núcleo de Estudos em Saúde Pública e Envelhecimento, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz – Belo Horizonte - MG, Brasil



Aged, Long-Term Care, Brazil, Older adults, Elderly


Aim: describe the methodological approach adopted to build a Brazilian database of

LCTFs in the country.

Methods: This exploratory research was conducted between August 2020 and 2021 based on primarily publicly accessible data. First, the database of the Sistema Único de Assistência Social for 2019 was adopted as the primary source of information. In addition, public agencies and managers were consulted and invited to share their databases. Likewise, researchers and private entities also collaborated by making their spreadsheets available. The information collected was placed in individual spreadsheets for each Brazilian state. LTCFs not catering to older adults (aged 60 and over) were excluded. Duplicate data were excluded when overlaps were identified for each new aggregated source.

Results & Discussion: This brief communication describes the methodology adopted for mapping the current status of Brazilian LTCFs. Despite its caveats, this study represents an important advance in the identification, characterization, and monitoring of these services nationwide. A total of 5769 facilities were found in the 2019 SUAS census. After excluding facilities not caring for residents aged 60 or over, this total decreased to 2381 LTCFs. Consolidating and filtering the information from multiple data sources led to the identification of 7029 LTCFs for the country as a whole.


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Author Biography

Patrick Alexander Wachholz, Botucatu Medical School - São Paulo State University (UNESP)

Ph.D, Professor

Internal Medicine Departament






Health Sciences