Social Networking Family of Caregivers during Hospitalization of Children

  • Marina Menezes Universidade do Vale do Itajaí; Health and Work Management, Health Sciences Center
  • Carmen Leontina Ojeda Ocampo Moré Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
  • Luísa Barros Faculty of Psychology; Universidade de Lisboa


Objective To identify and analyze the significant networks of family, social and hospital support described by the family caregivers of hospitalized children 5-12 years during the hospital stay. Method Descriptive study, exploratory and qualitative study conducted with 20 caregivers of children hospitalized in a hospital in a city in southern Brazil, through semi-structured interviews and significant social networks maps, tailored to the hospital setting. Results Data analysis showed that the most active social network was comprised of families through emotional support, material aid and services. Relations with hospital health care team and the hospital context were cited as providing support to the caregivers of the hospitalized child. Conclusions The identification of social networks in the child’s hospitalization course enables equip professionals working in the institution aiming at better targeting of actions and care for the family and hospitalized children.


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Menezes, M., Moré, C., & Barros, L. (2016). Social Networking Family of Caregivers during Hospitalization of Children . Revista Da Escola De Enfermagem Da USP, 50(spe), 107-113.
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