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Abstract

SANTOS LUZ, Geisa dos; SILVA, Mara Regina Santos da  and  DEMONTIGNY, Francine. PRIORITY NEEDS REFERRED BY FAMILIES OF RARE DISEASE PATIENTS. Texto contexto - enferm. [online]. 2016, vol.25, n.4, e0590015.  Epub Nov 28, 2016. ISSN 0104-0707.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0104-07072016000590015.

Rare diseases cause strong impact in families and generate needs beyond those associated with the most frequent diseases. Some of these needs are the inclusion of new responsibilities and the relationship with the healthcare and social services. This study is aimed at identifying the priority needs of families of rare disease patients as perceived from the time of diagnosis. This is a qualitative study conducted with 16 relatives of rare disease patients who live in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Data were collected from November 2012 to March 2013, through semi-structured interviews and submitted to content analysis, based on the bioecological system of human development. The results indicated the following priority needs: access to social and healthcare services; knowledge about rare diseases; social support structures; acceptance and social integration; preservation of personal and family life. It was concluded that (re)organizing services and meeting the specific needs are preconditions to qualify nursing care and soften the impact the rare disease has on the family.

Keywords : Rare diseases; Family; Nursing.

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