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Revista de Salud Pública

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HIGUERA-DAGOVETT, Elkin; ROJAS-GIL, María P  and  GARZON DE LAVERDE, Dora I. Experience of arterial hypertension in the patient-family relationship in a care context. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2015, vol.17, n.6, pp.874-885. ISSN 0124-0064.

Objective To understand how the narrative and conversational experience of arterial hypertension is configured in the relationships established among patients, family members, physicians and researchers-auditors, placing the illness in a care context to facilitate the dissemination of wellbeing narratives. Method Qualitative research with reflective and contextual conversational-narrative design, which involveda patient diagnosed with hypertension, his family and two doctors. The methods of constructing information was semi structured interviews, reflective observation and literature review. The systematization of information was carried out using frameworks designed for that purpose. For the interpretation of results, narrative and conversational analyses were used. Results In the process of constructing the experience of hypertension by family members or the physician, important aspects are not taken into account such as: the listening request, a demand for bonding, the experience of illness and in this case, the daily experience of old age. In this context, these kinds of relationships can lead to discomfort and suffering in the patient's experience of the illness. The conversation generated by all stakeholders enables the construction of dialogic-reflexive spaces that provide an opportunity to reshape relationships and experience of illness Conclusions The construction of contexts of care where one can talk and hear about issues without families and doctors facilitates the reconfiguration of the experience of illness, allowing for the inclusion of family and physicians in the generation of conversational-narrative positions. This implies personal and collective agency in order to mobilize and organize the resources they have, consistent with the patient's age and diagnosis.

Keywords : Arterial pressure; narrative therapy; life change events; family relations.

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