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Nursing from the perspective of the incurable patient: a descriptive study

Ana Paula Candido Nascimento, Eliane Ramos Pereira, Rose Mary Rosa Andrade Silva


Problem: When the failure of conventional means of treating the patient is confirmed, the challenges and lack of preparation on the part of nurses in providing ways to deal with the patient’s suffering may reflect directly on the quality of care provided, especially to those who have no possibility of a cure. Aims: To understand the perceptions of patients with regard to the impossibility of a cure and experiences in nursing care; to describe the emotional needs of these patients and the perspectives of their nursing care ; to develop a video based on the experiences and needs of the incurable patient, and perspectives of nursing interventions for the in-service training of nurses. Method: A descriptive qualitative study, using semi-structured interviews and phenomenology as a philosophical reference.


Impossibility of Cure; Nursing Care; Emotional Needs


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