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Revista da SBPH

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AZEVEDO, Elisa Cardoso; HEMESATH, Tatiana Prade  e  OLIVEIRA, Viviane Ziebell de. The hospitalization of a child in pediatric intensive care unit: maternal narratives. Rev. SBPH [online]. 2019, vol.22, n.1, pp. 172-194. ISSN 1516-0858.

The study investigated, through personal narratives, how mothers who had children hospitalized in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), in situations of acute and severe illness, subjectivated this experience. Participants were 5 mothers of previously healthy children who had been hospitalizes in a PICU of a tertiary hospital in Porto Alegre due to acute and severe illness. Narrative interview was performed as a method of data collection and content analysis for data analysis. The results revealed 7 thematic categories that emerged from the mothers' narratives. Among these the impact of hospitalization in the PICU, the post-hospital discharge strategies and the repercussions of the experience on the mother were highlighted. It is concluded that the narratives, as an interview method, acquired a therapeutic character, giving mothers the opportunity to re-signify the traumatic experience of having a child hospitalized in a PICU in a situation of acute and severe disease.

Palavras-chave : mothers; personal narratives; pediatric intensive care unit; acute disease.

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