Feelings of women accompanying children hospitalized in a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit

  • Cassiana Mendes Bertoncello Fontes
  • Mayara da Silva Lisboa
  • Bianca Giovana de Almeida Iauch
  • Flavia Mendes de Sá
  • Silvia Cristina Mangini Bocchi
  • Lis Amanda Toso


Objective: Analise feelings of women accompanying children in a paediatric intensive care unit

Materials and Methods: Data were collected from August to October 2015 by the authors from individual interviews recorded with 15 women. The instrument was structured with the identification of qualitative variables, described in absolute and relative frequencies, and a guiding question. The "corpus" of each interview was electronically transcribed, floating readings were held and statements were categorized and analysed according Analise Content.

 Results: 14 (93%) are biological mothers; average age 30 years; 11 (73%) have completed primary education; six (46%) have an occupation or a profession. The four themes were inferred: ambivalence of feelings and coping were related to how individuals express and deal with the hospitalized patient’s situation; empathy with the health team and the structural condition of the critical environment can also generate feelings. Nursing diagnoses were formulated from the reported feelings.

Conclusion: It was observed that the feelings identified could be originated by the health-illness hospitalization process as well as the structural components of the critical environment.

Keywords: Paediatric Intensive Care Units; Women; Feelings.

Mar 5, 2017
How to Cite
MENDES BERTONCELLO FONTES, Cassiana et al. Feelings of women accompanying children hospitalized in a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 10, mar. 2017. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imedicalsociety.org/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/2385>. Date accessed: 26 may 2017. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3823/2327.