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Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry

Print version ISSN 1516-4446On-line version ISSN 1809-452X


LABATE, Renata Curi  and  CASSORLA, Roosevelt Moisés Smeke. The health professional's choice in working with mastectomized patients. Rev. Bras. Psiquiatr. [online]. 1999, vol.21, n.2, pp.101-105. ISSN 1516-4446.

BACKGROUND: Professionals dealing with cancer are frequently identified with patient anxieties and fantasies. The deleterious effect of emotional involvement can be avoided by increasing the self knowledge of health professionals. OBJECTIVE: Examine psychological factors which lead health professionals to work with mastectomized patients. METHOD: Qualitative study conducted at Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto. Health professionals from a rehabilitation center for mastectomized patients (Rema) were interviewed using a semi-structured questionnaire. RESULTS: Prior experience with situations related to breast cancer might have influenced the professionals' choices. Hypotheses about unconscious mechanisms involved in this process were discussed. CONCLUSIONS: Health professionals who choose to work with mastectomized patients mainly do it for unconscious reasons.

Keywords : Breast cancer; women; occupations in health.

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