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Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças

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REIS, Maria Elizabeth et al. Termination, suspension or treatment interruption: a narrative review. Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2020, vol.21, n.2, pp.435-445. ISSN 1645-0086.

Considering the need to know how professionals, psychoanalysts and psychotherapists approach the closure of the therapeutic process, we conducted a narrative review of literature. The objective was to verify which criteria have been used for the finalization of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and analysis processes in studies published as online articles in Brazil. The search was carried out in the Capes Journals Portal, Latin American and Caribbean Literature in Health Sciences (Lilacs), Scientific Electronic Library Online (Scielo) and Virtual Health Library (VHL), using the following descriptors: "Termination of analysis and Psychoanalysis "; "Termination of treatment and Psychoanalysis"; "Case study and Psychoanalysis"; "Experience Report and Psychoanalysis". The articles published in the last 20 years that met the inclusion and exclusion criteria were considered, and 11 articles were selected. The analysis and discussion of the results was divided into three categories regarding the end of treatment: termination, interruption and suspension. The results indicated that in most of the studies there were interruptions of the treatment, which occurred due to external issues to the process or due to the patients. Likewise, it was identified that few studies contemplated the end of the treatment and, when contemplated, did not present well established criteria in respect. Suspension of treatment, in turn, was found only in one of the selected works.

Keywords : Termination of analysis; interruption; suspension; psychoanalys.

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