Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
Print version ISSN 0102-7972
OLIVEIRA, Fabiana Pereira Sabino de and FERREIRA, Eleonora Arnaud Pereira. Entry into the treatment of the congenital hypothyroidism according to reports of their caregivers. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2010, vol.23, n.1, pp. 19-28. ISSN 0102-7972. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722010000100004.
This study aims at identifying variables which interfere on the entry into the treatment according to reports of caregivers of children suffering from Congenital Hypothyroidism seen at the Center of Reference in Pará State. Fifty main caregivers, with different degrees of kinship to the children and ranging from 17 to 55 years old, took part in this study. The variables related to the treatment entry were identified by means of interviews with the caregivers following structured pilot instructions. Results showed that most of the caregivers are not aware of the characteristics of the disease, its etiology, diagnosis, treatment and prognostic, regardless the age, school degree, kinship and amount of time the child is on the Program, which makes the treatment entry more difficult. In most children, the Newborn Screening Test was not done in the right time, fact that brought damage to the treatment.
Keywords : Treatment entry; Pediatric psychology; Congenital hypothyroidism.