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Revista da SBPH

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LIMA, Anabel Saboia de Souza; NOGUEIRA, Graziela Sousa  e  WERNECK-LEITE, Cibele Dayana de Souza. Palliative care in intensive care: the optics of the multiprofessional team. Rev. SBPH [online]. 2019, vol.22, n.1, pp.91-106. ISSN 1516-0858.

There are demands for Palliative Care (PC) in hospital settings, with emphasis on Intensive Care Units (ICUs).The aim of the study was to verify the perception of the concept of PC from the perspective of health professionals working in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). This is a qualitative study carried out with 21 health professionals who work in the ICU of a regional hospital belonging to the network of the Department of Health of the Federal District. Data were collected through a sociodemographic questionnaire and semi-structured interview. The interviews were recorded, transcribed and submitted to content analysis of the Bardin. The results indicated four thematic axes, in which several categories emerged, the most frequent being: 1) "Concept of PC": no prognosis (n = 15) and quality of life (n = 14); 2) "Factors favoring PCs": PC demand (n = 3) and technological resources (n = 2); 3) "Factors that difficult PC": communication problems (n = 11), lack of knowledge (n = 6), lack of resources (n = 6); 3) and 5) fear of lawsuit (n = 1); 4) "Suggestions for the implementation of PC": professional qualification (n = 13), improvements in communication (n = 4) and PC protocol (n = 3). The present study corroborates with the literature when presenting the incompleteness of the perception of the concept of PC by the professionals in intensive care, pointing out the need for training.

Palavras-chave : palliative care; intensive care unit; multiprofessional team.

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