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Avances en Enfermería

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DE OLIVEIRA ARRIEIRA, Isabel Cristina et al. Spirituality and the dying process: reflections of an interdisciplinary palliative care team. av.enferm. [online]. 2016, vol.34, n.2, pp.137-147. ISSN 0121-4500.

Objective: To understand how spirituality is adopted by members of the team of oncological Programa de Internação Domiciliar Interdisciplinar (PIDI) in palliative care. Methodology: Qualitative, descriptive, and exploratory study, based on Vygotsky's Cultural-Historical Theory. The survey was composed for all members of the interdisciplinary team; in total, eight subjects. The data were collected through focus groups in five meetings from February to May of 2009. Results: Two topics emerged from data analysis: Palliative care and spirituality, and The spirituality and the dying process. Professionals regarded spirituality as a way to promote reflection and acceptance of death and its relevance in palliative actions. Conclusion: We realize that this team exhibited its willingness to understand and embrace the spirituality during the implementation of palliative care to people in the dying process.

Keywords : Enfermagem; Morte; Cuidados Paliativos; Equipe de Assistência ao Paciente; Enfermería; Muerte; Cuidados Paliativos; Grupo de Atención al Paciente; Nursing;; Death; Palliative Care; Patient Care Team.

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