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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

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AMBROSIO, Daniela Cristina Mucinhato  e  SANTOS, Manoel Antônio dos. Social support to women after mastectomy: a review study. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2015, vol.20, n.3, pp.851-864. ISSN 1413-8123.

It is necessary to understand how social support can contribute to minimize the impact of the diagnosis and treatment of mammary tumors in order to underpin the actions of comprehensive women's health care. This study seeks to analyze the contribution of the national and international literature regarding the perceived social support by women diagnosed with breast cancer. Twelve studies were selected from the MedLine, Lilacs and PsycINFO databases over a 10-year period (2000-2010) with pre-defined criteria for inclusion. The results were organized into thematic categories: the perception of family support; perceived social support; the perception of educational support; the need to improve the research and the assistance given to women after mastectomy and their families. The studies dedicated to the subjective dimension of social support are still incipient. The available evidence suggests that the literature is limited to topics of interest to the traditional health professions, such as Nursing and Medicine, focusing on constructs that can be directly quantified. The concern with social support must be present from the time of diagnosis to psychosocial rehabilitation, as part of the process of tackling the situation.

Palavras-chave : Mammary tumors; Family; Social support; Literature review as a topic.

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