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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Working With Psychiatric Elderly In-patient: The Health Team Perceptions [o Idoso Internado: Percepcoes Da Equipe De Saude De Uma Unidade De Psiquiatria]
Author: Leon L.M.
Giglio Z.G.
Giglio J.S.
Abstract: Brazil is the developing country in Latin America with the greater expected demographic increase in the elderly population. Till now elderly in- patients in the Psychiatric Ward have been relatively few. Anticipating an increment of this group, it was studied the permanent staff of one 18-bed psychiatric unit. Subjects were interviewed using open-ended questions. Questions were recorded and answers were analyzed on the basis of the phenomenological approach. Professionals that deal specifically with mental health perceive the work with elderly as being difficult, with a greater risk of patient descompensation. On the contrary, the nursing team finds the work with elderly less stressing than with younger patients, being their principal concern with their clinical physical condition. The nursing team also appreciates in the elderly their gratitude. In general, all members perceive a lack of training for dealing with elderly and some point out the lack of physical space for oriented leisure activities in the ward. Data suggest that the nursing staff perceives as easier to take care of elders because of their relative physical passivity and quietness, when compared with younger patients. Data point out the importance of the older patients in the social dynamics of the ward. Implications for the ward management of the mental health training and improvement in patient/worker relationship are discussed.
Rights: fechado
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Date Issue: 1998
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