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Escola Anna Nery

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LEITE, Noélia Silva Ladislau  e  CUNHA, Sueli Rezende. The family of the technology-dependent child: fundamental aspects for hospital nursing practices . Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2007, vol.11, n.1, pp.92-97. ISSN 1414-8145.

The objective of this article is to discuss the significant changes that occurring inside of the organization of the families related to the care of a technology-dependent child (TDC). We carried out a qualitative study, using half-structured interviews for data collection. Research subjects were four TDC's families. Four dimensions for family changes were outlined: emotional, social, financial and impact on daily activities. We observed that changes really occur within TDC's families. And these changes are multidimensional. The complexification of the health-illness state and technology dependence remains a challenge for service organization and for approaching hospital staff, thus it becomes necessary to rethink disease-centered care and include the family in the therapeutical process. In this sense, this study points to the relevance of developing family-centered care model suitable for the hospital's quotidian.

Palavras-chave : Disabled Children; Nursing; Family.

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