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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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GALA, Marília Fogaça; TELLES, Sandra Cristina Ribeiro  and  SILVA, Maria Júlia Paes da. Occurence and meaning of the touch between nursing professionals and patients of an icu and semi intensive surgical unit. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2003, vol.37, n.1, pp. 52-61. ISSN 1980-220X.

This study aims to identify the use of the instrumental and/or emotional touch and its characteristics by nursing professionals in the nonverbal communication with the ICU and Semi Intensive Surgical Unit patients of a school hospital - University of São Paulo;  and to identify the professionals and patients feelings and perceptions in relation to the touches experienced. The study was developed with 19 nursing professionals and 19 patients, from October to November 2000, through direct observation of the interaction and individual interview. The feelings and perceptions reported were classified and we noticed that most of the touches were instrumental-emotional.

Keywords : Nonverbal communication; Therapeutic touch; Intensive Care Units.

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