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PENNAFORT, Viviane Peixoto dos Santos; SILVA, Amanda Newle Sousa  e  QUEIROZ, Maria Veraci Oliveira. The perception of nurses regarding educational practices for children with diabetes in hospital care. Rev. Gaúcha Enferm. [online]. 2014, vol.35, n.3, pp.130-136. ISSN 1983-1447.

The aim of this study was to describe the perception of nurses regarding educational practices conducted with children with diabetes in a hospital unit. It is a descriptive qualitative study, conducted in an inpatient unit of a public hospital in Fortaleza, state of Ceará, Brazil, between January and February of 2013, with six nurses. Data were collected by means of semi-structured interviews and submitted to content analysis, from which two categories emerged: role of nurses and staff in caring for the child with diabetes: the necessary intersection; and health education directed at the child with diabetes and family members in the hospital context. Nursing professionals acknowledged educational activities as part of an interdisciplinary care strategy which must occur since the moment the child is admitted. However, they displayed a reductionist view, centered on insulin therapy and changes of habit, which indicates the need for more creative approaches, capable of enhancing learning aspects and minimizing the gaps which prevent the disease from being managed appropriately.

Palavras-chave : Child, Hospitalized; Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1; Health education; Nursing care; Pediatric nursing.

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