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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

On-line version ISSN 1518-8345

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PEDRO, Iara Cristina da Silva et al. Playing in the waiting room of an infant outpatient clinic from the perspective of children and their companions. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2007, vol.15, n.2, pp.290-297. ISSN 1518-8345.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692007000200015.

Playing is one way children use to communicate with the world that surrounds them. This descriptive-exploratory study aimed to understand the experience of playing for children and their companions in an outpatient waiting room. We performed semi-structured interviews with 12 children and those responsible for them. In the data analysis, three themes were identified: waiting time: "there is no other way, you have to wait"; using the time to play: turning the clinic into a more pleasant space; and the toy as a relations mediator. Playing is revealed to be an effective pediatric nursing intervention strategy in helping the child to overcome barriers imposed by the assistance. This resource favors the communication process among children, companions and professionals and, thus, greatly contributes to improve the care delivery.

Keywords : child; play and playthings; outpatient clinics, hospital; pediatric nursing.

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