Kangaroo method: perceptions on knowledge, potencialities and barriers among nurses

Método canguru: percepciones sobre el conocimiento, potencias y barreras entre enfermeros

Débora de Oliveira Ferreira Maria Paula Custódio Silva Tanyse Galon Bethania Ferreira Goulart Jesislei Bonolo do Amaral Divanice Contim About the authors



To analyze the knowledge, potentialities and barriers related to the implantation of the Kangaroo Method in the perception of nurses who work in the maternal-infant units of a school hospital.


An exploratory-descriptive research with a qualitative approach, guided by the Policy of Humanized Attention to the Low Weight Newborn, Kangaroo Method. Held between January and March 2018, with eight nurses from a maternal-infant unit. Data was collected between January and March 2018, through semi-structured interviews, transcribed and submitted to Thematic Content Analysis associated with Atlas Ti version eight resources.


Three categories emerged: Barriers to the development of the Kangaroo Method; Knowledge about the Kangaroo Method; and Potentialities of the Kangaroo Method.

Conclusions and implications for practice:

The nurses' speeches revealed partial knowledge, lack of practical experience and barriers related to team resistance and lack of institutional support, although they considered the method with potential benefits to provide bonding and indicate continuing education as a necessary strategy for its implementation.

Infant; Newborn; Kangaroo-Mother Care Method; Nurses; Knowledge

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