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Nursing guidelines with regard to high-risk pregnancy: a descriptive study

Rosangela de Oliveira Azevedo, Zenith Rosa Silvino, Helen Campos Ferreira


Aim: To describe the profiles of women with high-risk pregnancy receiving hospital treatment so as to provide nursing care procedure guidelines in order to improve the quality of care. To identify some relevant and adequate nursing procedures for dealing with pregnant women in hospital; to develop guidelines on how the healthcare providers should handle high-risk pregnancy. Method: this is a descriptive exploratory study using a qualitative approach. It involves documentary analysis, non-participant observation, and questionnaire to gather information from the nursing team members of a University Hospital which is reference in high-risk pregnancies. The participants will be nurses, nurse technicians and nursing assistants who provide direct assistance to the patients. The data collected will be analyzed using descriptive statistics and the discussion will be based on the literature on models of healthcare for women with high-risk pregnancies.


Pregnancy; Nursing Protocol; Nursing care; Nursing Assistance


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