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GOMES, Ingrid Meireles et al. The support of social network in homecare. Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2016, vol.20, n.3, e20160062.  Epub June 07, 2016. ISSN 2177-9465.


Interpret the experience of support from the social network for people involved in homecare.


It is a theory based on data, with 12 participating patients in homecare, members of primary and secondary social networks; conducted in the area of a Family Health Strategy Health Unit of a metropolitan city in Southern Brazil. We used semi-structured interviews for data collection and data analysis was with the Glaser method.


We staged four categories that describe the phenomenon under study "to identify the sources of support in homecare; "featuring the social networks that provide support in homecare", "it is understood as part of the social network that provides support for homecare" and "realizing changes arising from homecare".


Highlighting importance of social networks in homecare, the nurse as significant social support, use of electronic resources as a source of support and need for participation.

Keywords : Home nursing; Social networking; Social support.

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