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On-line version ISSN 1980-265X
TEIXEIRA, Maria Luiza de Oliveira and FERREIRA, Márcia de Assunção. Process technology applied to hospitalized elderly companions for their participative inclusion in daily care. Texto contexto - enferm. [online]. 2009, vol.18, n.3, pp. 409-417. ISSN 1980-265X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-07072009000300002.
The passive participation of the hospitalized elderly companion in daily care gave rise to this study, which aimed to: describe a process technology which allows the companion's inclusion in hospitalized elderly care; and discuss limits and possibilities of its implementation in hospitalized elderly care. This is a convergent-supportive study with theoretical support from Freire and Leininger. The subjects were 19 companions of hospitalized elderly. Data was collected through interviews and participant observation with subsequent thematic content analysis. The inclusion of the companion was developed through systematic actions, linking scientific knowledge and common sense, founded on theoretical concepts. It implies the use of procedural, interactive, and clinical techniques. It was configured in a process technology which was well-evaluated by companions, leading them to be more protagonistic and to more autonomous action in sharing care of the hospitalized elderly, according to National Politics of Humanization.
Keywords : Biomedical technology; Health education; Patient escort service; Aged; Nursing.