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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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GOMES, Ingrid Meireles et al. Care performed by family caregivers of children submitted to hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2019, vol.27, e3120.  Epub Jan 17, 2019. ISSN 1518-8345.


to know the care provided by family caregivers of children submitted to hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.


the Grounded Theory was used as methodology. The study comprised four sample groups, comprising 36 caregivers. Data were collected by semi-structured interviews and analyzed according to the coding proposed by Strauss and Corbin in three phases: open, axial and selective.


eight propositions were identified for the care provided to the child in the researched context, namely administering medications; attention to cleaning issues; care with water and food intake; care with the body; experiencing protective isolation; addressing the child’s need for emotional support; addressing the child’s self-care; and facing complications.


the different aspects in which the caregiver acts in the care of the child were understood. Such care equips the health team to elaborate measures for guidance and preparation of home care that are effective and directed to the needs of the patient and their family. The understanding of the care that they accomplish enables the caregiver a greater understanding of their role, as well as of the decisions they will make by their being under treatment.

Keywords : Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation; Caregivers; Family; Child Care; Bone Marrow Transplantation; Housing.

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