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Influence of care in family dynamics of dependent elderly assisted by a home care program of a university hospital

Grant number: 14/15226-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2014
Effective date (End): September 30, 2015
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Nursing - Public Health Nursing
Principal researcher:Maria Amélia de Campos Oliveira
Grantee:Natalie Mayumi Miyamoto
Home Institution: Escola de Enfermagem (EE). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


It is observed in Brazil a growing number of people with disabilities and dependence due to external causes, but also by the dynamics of growth and aging population. Dependent individuals need assistance to perform basic activities of daily living, a task that is usually assumed by a caregiver. Cultural, social and economic factors tend to put family as the primary source of care. The presence of a dependent person in the family can cause changes in family functioning, requiring restructuring. This study aims to evaluate how care for patients with varying degrees of dependency affects family dynamics. Its purpose is to help identify the needs of families caring for a dependent family, supporting them in the achievement of care in order to improve their quality of life. The quantitative study of transversal, descriptive and exploratory character will be conducted with family caregivers of patients registered in the Programa de Assistência Domiciliar do Hospital Universitário da Universidade de São Paulo. As instruments of data collection will be used the Functional Independence Measure, the Apgar Family, genogram, the ecomap and questionnaire for sociodemographic characteristics of patients and family caregivers. All ethical aspects will be provided in order to protect interviewees. Data will be analyzed using descriptive statistics and statistical tests will be conducted later for the association analy

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