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BESSA, Jacqueline Botura  and  WAIDMAN, Maria Angélica Pagliarini. Family of people with a mental disorder and needs in psychiatric care. Texto contexto - enferm. [online]. 2013, vol.22, n.1, pp.61-70. ISSN 0104-0707.

We aimed to learn about the needs of the family which provides care to a person with a mental disorder in the current model of health care. This is a qualitative study conducted in the municipalities of three regional health units in the state of Paraná, using data collection with thirty-two families. Data were analyzed by means of indicators. The results show gaps in the mental health services in relation to the care provided to people with a mental illness and their families with regard to the need for: adaptation after diagnosis of the pathology, family counseling, treatment compliance, hospitalization, financial assistance, transportation assistance, reintegration into society, inclusion in outpatient services after hospitalization, and the bond between professionals and people assisted. We conclude that these requirements need to be explored by mental health network professionals as to the possibility and implementation of deinstitutionalized, integral and decisive assistance to the person with a mental illness and his/her family.

Keywords : Mental health; Deinstitutionalization; Community health services; Family nursing.

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