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Palliative Care in the Emergency Room Scenario: Perceptions of Nurses and Physicians


Objective: To describe the perception of nurses and physicians in relation to palliative care provided to people with bloodoncologic diseases met in an emergency ward of a general hospital.

Material and Methods: This is a qualitative study, with exploratory and descriptive approach. Six nurses and six physicians were interviewed from September to November 2017. The data were treated through operative analysis of Minayo.

Results and Discussion: Three categories emerged: "end of life is only end of life, without palliative care"; "(re)thinking the palliative care with the person with cancer"; and "the urgency and emergency: challenges for the care in terminality".

Conclusion: The palliative care relates to life terminality, and the emergency room environment is considered inappropriate for this care, but nurses and physicians recognize the importance of the quality of life offered with the adequacy of assistance to palliative care.

Silvana Bastos Cogo, Pamela Barros De Leon, Marcio Rossato Badke, Taís Falcão Gomes, Luiza Carolina Santos Malheiros, Tierle Kosloski Ramos, Elisabeta Albertina Nietsche, Cléton Salbego, Graciela Dutra Sehnem, Gabriel Lautenschleger, Isaura Letícia Tavares Palmeira Rolim, Aurean D'eça Júnior and Richardson Augusto Rosendo Da Silva

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