Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0104-1169
COSTA, Maria Cristina Silva; ROSSI, Lídia Aparecida; LOPES, Lívia Mara and CIOFFI, Caroline Lopes. The meanings of quality of life: interpretative analysis based on experiences of people in burns rehabilitation. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2008, vol.16, n.2, pp. 252-259. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692008000200013.
This research aimed to interpret the meanings of quality of life, taking into consideration the meanings attributed by those who have undergone serious burns, their experiences and social/cultural background. We used the ethnographic method based on modern hermeneutics. Nineteen patients with burn sequelae, already discharged from the Burns Unit of the Ribeirão Preto Medical School Clinical Hospital participated in this study, along with their relatives. Participants belong to the working class, are between 18 to 50 years old and have been in rehabilitation for at least a year. Data were collected by direct observation and semi-structured interviews. The analysis was processed through the identification of units of meanings and construction of thematic nucleuses. Patients and relatives reported that quality of life had changed because of physical and psychological limitations caused by the burns. The meanings of quality of life are associated with the performance of social roles and are guided by family, work, normality, autonomy and social integration.
Keywords : quality of life; burns; culture; nursing.