Vol. 15 No. 1 (2011): Revista Científica Pensar Enfermagem
Original Articles

Os cuidados paliativos no âmbito dos cuidados de saúde primários: as intervenções dos enfermeiros*

Sandra da Conceição Coelho de Carvalho
Unidade de Saúde Familiar Vale do Âncora
Maria Antónia Rebelo Botelho
Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa

Published 2011-07-09


  • palliative care,
  • primary care,
  • nursing intervention

How to Cite

Coelho de Carvalho, S. da C., & Rebelo Botelho, M. A. . (2011). Os cuidados paliativos no âmbito dos cuidados de saúde primários: as intervenções dos enfermeiros*. Pensar Enfermagem, 15(1), 2–24. https://doi.org/10.56732/pensarenf.v15i1.49


Since the Reform of the Primary Health Care is being carried out and it is expected that the Palliative Care Units, level I and II, will soon be put into effect, it has become pertinent to understand how the nurses of the Primary Health Care respond to the needs of someone who is in intense suffering near the end of their life, so that the existent resources can be better adapted to the needs and so that the quality of the response might also be improved.

As a contribution to attain this goal a semi-structured, exploratory-descriptive investigation with a qualitative approach was planed using the interview as a technique of data gathering. From among the different objectives that guided this study, we focused on the palliative actions that the referred nurses provide to the clients according to the conditions referred to and also on the analysis of their views concerning the care provided and the results that were obtained.

According to these results we can assume that, in the present situation, the Health Center to which these nurses belong does not offer the required resources for them to respond in a thorough and adequate way to the multiple and complex needs they are faced with.


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