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Revista Psicologia e Saúde

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NUNES, Maria Emília Pereira  and  GABARRA, Letícia Macedo. The experience of relatives about the visits of children and adolescents to adult UTI. Rev. Psicol. Saúde [online]. 2018, vol.10, n.3, pp. 109-125. ISSN 2177-093X.

This research aimed to report the experience of family members regarding communication, decision making and management of entry of children and adolescents into adult UTIs to visit admitted patients. The approach of this study was qualitative. Interviews were conducted with ten family members of patients who were admitted to the UTI. Data were analyzed according to Bardin's content analysis (2009), from which four categories emerged: communication; decision-making about the visit; management of the visits; and repercussions of the visit. The communication of participants with the children and adolescents was open. Decision-making depended on the combination between factors such as the desire to visit the patient, the clinical status of the patient, the imaginary related to the visit in the UTI, and the positioning of the health team. As for the management of the visits, all participants highlighted the importance of preparation before the visit. The establishment of clear guidelines in institutions, as well as the training of professionals about the visit of children could contribute to the health practice.

Keywords : Intensive Care Unit; visit to patients; Children; adolescents; professional-family relations.

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