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Perceptions and needs of relatives of patients hospitalized in an intensive care unit

Percepções e necessidades de familiares de pacientes internados em unidade de terapia intensiva
Percepciones y necesidades de familiares de pacientes internados en una unidad de cuidados intensivos

Camponogara, Silviamar; Santos, Tanise Martins dos; Rodrigues, Isabela Lencina; Frota, Liza; Amaro, Daniele; Turra, Monike


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Abstract Objective: Know the perceptions and needs of the relatives of patients hospitalized in an intensive care unit. Method: This is a descriptive study with a qualitative approach. Data were collected from relatives of patients hospitalized in an intensive care unit of a university hospital, through a semi-structured interview. The findings were analyzed according to the Content Analysis theoretical framework. Results: Data show that the relatives experience contradictory feelings with regard to the intensive care unit. Although the relatives perceive it as a sector where fear of death prevails, they also see it as the sector where one finds the best quality of care. The relatives show, particularly, a need for interaction with the multiprofessional team, through an effective communication with the professionals. Conclusion: One concludes that there’s a need for establishing an effective dialogic process along with the relatives of patients hospitalized in an intensive care unit, in order to enable them to experience this period in a smoother manner.
Thesaurusschlagwörter nursing; hospital; intensive care medicine; communication; family member; humanization; domestic assistance; hospitalization; perception; need
Klassifikation Medizinsoziologie; interpersonelle Kommunikation
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2013
Seitenangabe S. 622-634
Zeitschriftentitel Revista de Pesquisa: Cuidado é Fundamental Online, 5 (2013) 4
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.9789/2175-5361.2013v5n4p622
ISSN 2175-5361
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz Creative Commons - Namensnennung, Nicht-kommerz. 4.0