Article of Open Journal of Statistics and Probability 

To analyze the restriction to social participation in people affected by leprosy in the participants of self-care groups in the metropolitan region of Recife

Martins,T.L1; Andrade, J.L.S2; Silva, J.M3; Oliveira, J.D.C.P4; Nascimento, R.D5; Santos, D.C.M6.
1,2,3Estudantes do Curso de Enfermagem – Faculdade Nossa Senhora das Graças/UPE; 4Enfermeira - Faculdade de Enfermagem Nossa Senhora das Graças/UPE; 5,6Docentes do Curso de Enfermagem–Faculdade Nossa Senhora das Graças/UPE.

Abstract:
Leprosy is characterized as endemic in Brazil, registering on average 47,000 new cases anually. The alarming number of cases leads to a reflection on the caused consequences not only by their own physical disabilities in the hands, feet and eyes resulting from the involvement of the peripheral nerves, but on the social exclusion suffered by carriers that is a result of disabling and stigmatizing consequences of disease. To analyze the restriction to social participation in people affected by leprosy in the participants of self-care groups in the metropolitan region of Recife. Cross-sectional study with 56 participants of selfcare groups in the metropolitan region of Recife using the scale of social participation.The results show extreme importance where 32 cases, which represents the percentage of 65.3% of the participants, have some degree of social restriction, where of these 32 cases, 10 have severe restrictions. The instrument used to assess the social participation of the participants demonstrates the high prevalence of stigma in the lives of individuals. Thus, the impact of the disease on the psychological, social and work environment is often associated with the disabilities and deformities caused by the disease.

Keywords:
Leprosy; Neglected Diseases; Social Participation; Social Stigma

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