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Gerais : Revista Interinstitucional de Psicologia

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BUDZYN, Carine da Silva  and  OLIVEIRA, Viviane Ziebell de. Illness, Treatment and the Patient-Doctor-Caregiver Relationship According to the Hospitalized Child. Gerais, Rev. Interinst. Psicol. [online]. 2020, vol.13, n.3, pp. 1-18. ISSN 1983-8220.

This study aimed to describe how the sick child understands hi illness, treatment and the patient-doctor-caregiver relationship in pediatric hospitalization. Six hospitalized children from eight to 11 years participated, who answered the semi-structured interview and the Desenho-Estória com Tema (PDE-T) procedure, and the material was recorded, transcribed and submitted to qualitative analysis. The content revealed the emotional and social impact of illness and hospitalization experience, seen as restrictive and punitive, but also as a space for playing and relating to peers. The children showed little participation in the patient-doctor-caregiver relationship, acknowledged their doctors' active role in their treatment and their mothers', main caregiver, as a mediator of this relationship and source of psychological support. From the results, is highlighted the importance of psychosocial and multidisciplinary interventions that help children in their demands and favor their active stance in this triadic relationship, so significant in the child's care process.

Keywords : Hospitalized children; Doctor-patient-caregiver relationship; Doctor-patient relationship; Mother-child relationship; Pediatrics.

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