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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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Abstract

VALENTE, Silvia Helena  and  TEIXEIRA, Marina Borges. Phenomenological study about the nurse's home care for families of terminally ill patients. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2009, vol.43, n.3, pp. 655-661. ISSN 0080-6234.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342009000300022.

The present study is a qualitative and phenomenological research aimed to understand the phenomenon Nurses working in the FHP (Family Health Program) and home care provided to the family living in a home where terminality of one of its members is being experienced. The study was carried out with healthcare providers who work in the Southeastern Region of the city of Sao Paulo/SP, Brazil. Existential phenomenology was used as the theoretical background. This study made possible the comprehension of what this experience meant to healthcare providers in a moment of being with the family in an existential situation of loss and death, creating a home protection network in order to make this process of terminality of one of the family members as smooth as possible. Even though permeated by care giving filled with humane feelings, thus representing a unique and remarkable experience, it was also a weary and difficult event that triggered labor health problems.

Keywords : Nursing; Nursing care; Hospice care; Family health; Home nursing; Family Health Program.

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