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Texto & Contexto - Enfermagem
On-line version ISSN 1980-265X
TEIXEIRA, Maria Luiza de Oliveira and FERREIRA, Márcia de Assunção. Shared care: a vision of elderly care based on health education. Texto contexto - enferm. [online]. 2009, vol.18, n.4, pp. 750-758. ISSN 1980-265X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-07072009000400017.
This research, which followed the convergent-assistance method, aimed to identify the knowledge and practices of hospitalized elderly companions concerning pressure ulcer prevention and treatment, to integrate them in a care plan, and to discuss its effectiveness. The theoretical referential outlined the cultural practices about health care and their relation with health education. Nineteen companions participated. Group and individual interviews, as well as participant observation was carried out. Analysis was done by thematic content. In knowledge exchange with the researcher, the individuals developed, implemented, and evaluated a care plan for pressure ulcer prevention and treatment. They reflected critically and participated in the care. The conclusion was that it is not enough to merely recognize the existence of a professional and a popular health system, but it is necessary to propose strategies for congruent care for the real needs of clients and companions, making them partners in care. The dialogue allowed for the shared development of care.
Keywords : Nursing; Health education; Aged; Nursing care; Patient escort service.