The level of physical inability of patients with leprosy
Objective: to evaluate the level of physical inability of patients with leprosy. Method: a quantitative, cross-sectional, retrospective study with 73 patients diagnosed with leprosy. For the data collection, there was used pre-structured questionnaire tool containing sociodemographic and epidemiological data extracted from the connectors of the SINAN research and electronic medical records. The data were analyzed using the IBM® SPSS®, version 21.0. Results: it was found that the male patients with low schooling, dimorphous clinical form, Virchowian and neural pure, operational classification multibacillary leprosy and the presence of one or more nerves affected had a greater chance of presenting some level of physical inability. Conclusion: it underlines the importance of assessing the level of physical inability at the time of diagnosis of leprosy and the guidelines for self-care.