Taking a look to promoting health and complications' prevention: differences by context

Rosa Maria de Albuquerque Freire Maria José Lumini Landeiro Maria Manuela Ferreira Pereira da Silva Martins Teresa Martins Heloísa Helena Ciqueto Peres About the authors

ABSTRACT

Objectives:

to acknowledge and compare the health promotion and complications' prevention practices performed by nurses working in hospital and primary health care contexts.

Methods:

descriptive, exploratory and crosscutting study, performed with 474 nurses selected by convenience sampling. It was used a form that encompassed two categories of descriptive statements about quality in the professional exercise of nurses. This study had ethical committee approval.

Results:

the nurses' population was mainly women (87,3%) with an average age of 35,5 years. There was more practices of the hospital's nurses related to the identification of potential problems of the patient (p=0.001) and supervision of the activities that put in place the nursing interventions and the activities that they delegate (p=0.003).

Conclusion:

the nurses perform health promotion and complications' prevention activities, however not in a systematic fashion and professional practices differ by context. This study is relevant as it may promote the critical consciousness of the nurses about the need of stressing quality practices.

Descriptors:
Health Promotion; Complications; Nursing; Nursing Process; Patient-Centered Care

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