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Revista Portuguesa de Enfermagem de Saúde Mental

versão impressa ISSN 1647-2160


SOUZA, Marilei de Melo Tavares e et al. Emotional support provided by the nurse to the ostomized patient. Revista Portuguesa de Enfermagem de Saúde Mental [online]. 2016, n.spe4, pp.49-56. ISSN 1647-2160.

BACKGROUND: The presence of ostomy alters the patient’s body image arousing shame and fear of social rejection. The individual begins to live a new reality through negative feelings and emotions, which could affect their mental health. AIM: The study aims to identify reactions caused by ostomy, measures taken based on the discomfort perceived by the ostomized patient, and the importance of emotional support provided by the nursing staff. METHODS: This was a qualitative research conducted with 33 ostomized patients treated at an Association in the city of Mendes - RJ. The data obtained through forms were subjected to content analysis. The study was approved by the CEP in compliance with requirements of the CNS/MS 466/12 Resolution. RESULTS: The major alterations observed in the life of ostomized patients are related to social life, body image, and loss of control over body and emotions. The main reactions and feelings caused by ostomy are: shame, embarrassment, fear in the face of a new situation, malaise with odor, and limitation or discrimination. CONCLUSIONS: Nursing actions need to be systematized to better meet the needs of ostomized patients. The importance of systematization in nursing interventions and adoption of emotional support measures is emphasized to ameliorate identified discomforts.

Palavras-chave : Nursing; Ostomy; Emotions in health.

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