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Escola Anna Nery

Print version ISSN 1414-8145On-line version ISSN 2177-9465

Abstract

FERNANDES, Carla Sílvia Neves da Nova et al. Importance of families in care of individuals with mental disorders: nurses' attitudes. Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2018, vol.22, n.4, e20180205.  Epub Nov 08, 2018. ISSN 1414-8145.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/2177-9465-ean-2018-0205.

Objectives:

To characterize the attitudes of nurses working in primary health care on the importance of involving families in nursing care to the person with mental disorder.

Method:

A cross - sectional descriptive study with a quantitative approach performed with 328 nurses who work in primary health care in Porto, Portugal. Families Importance in Nursing Care - Nurses Attitudes (FINC-NA) scale was applied.

Results:

Scale scores were elevated, mean value was 85.9 (Maximum possible 104). The significant correlations were with the variables: academic qualifications (p = 0.001), specialization (p = 0.002) and professional activity context (p = 0.001).

Conclusion and implications for practice:

Nurses demonstrate a high degree of agreement about the importance of families in nursing care to the person with mental disorder. Positive attitudes of nurses regarding the importance of involving families in care are fundamental to enhance the quality of care in the presence of mental disorder.

Keywords : Family Nursing; Attitude of Health Personnel; Primary Health Care; Mental Health; Psychiatric Nursing.

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