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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0104-1169
OLIVEIRA, Beatriz Rosana Gonçalves de; COLLET, Neusa; MELLO, Débora Falleiros de and LIMA, Regina Aparecida Garcia de. The therapeutic journey of families of children with respiratory diseases in the public health service. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2012, vol.20, n.3, pp. 453-461. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692012000300005.
This study's purpose was to identify the therapeutic journey of families seeking health care for their children with respiratory diseases. This qualitative study had the participation of parents of children younger than five years old who were hospitalized with respiratory diseases. Path mapping was used as an instrument to collect data, which was analyzed through thematic analysis. The findings indicate that families sought the health services as soon as they perceived symptoms and had access to medical care, however such care was not decisive in resolving their health issues. Even though the families returned to the service at least another three times, the children had to be hospitalized. The attributes of primary health care were not observed in the public health services, while therapeutic encounters had no practical success.
Keywords : Child Care; Primary Health Care; Respiratory Tract Diseases.