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Temas em Psicologia

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REIS, Larissa Cabral Crespi; GABARRA, Letícia Macedo  e  MORE, Carmen Leontina Ojeda Ocampo. The repercussions of the hospitalization process in adult ICU in family perspective. Temas psicol. [online]. 2016, vol.24, n.3, pp. 815-828. ISSN 1413-389X.

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is a context of high complexity intended to patients requiring intensive care. The hospitalization in this Unit destabilizes physically and emotionally not only the subject internee, but the whole family. The aim of this study was to understand the repercussions of the hospitalization process in an adult ICU with a view to family. The research is qualitative and was held in an adult ICU of a general hospital, educational and public. It were performed semi-structured interviews with twelve family members of patients internee in the unit, which were analyzed based on content analysis. The results were divided into four categories: meanings attributed to the ICU, communication team-family, the experience of the visit to the bed and, the impact on the daily life of the family. Hospitalizations in this context directly involve family members who living this experience and change their lives. It was realize the need to broaden the focus of care in addition to patients, turning attention also for families, with further studies should increase the assistance provided to them.

Palavras-chave : Intensive Care Units; psychosocial impact; family; family relations; professional-family relations.

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