Subjective Aspects of People with Chronic Ulcers: a Qualitative Study in Brazil and Portugal

  • Clélia Albino Simpson Nursing Department of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
  • Mônica Gisele Costa Pinheiro Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
  • Francisca Patrícia Barreto de Carvalho Nursing Department of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
  • Bheatriz Gondim Lambert Moreira Nursing Department of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
  • Fernando de Souza Silva Onofre Lopes University Hospital of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
  • Felismina Rosa Parreira Mendes School of Nursing St. John of God of University of the Évora, Portugal.
  • Antero Manuel da Silva Campeão Family Health Unit Eborae

Abstract

Introduction: The experience built in the process of living with chronic ulcer is marked by changes such as the inability to work, to relate socially and causes the need to adapt to a routine care. Understanding this network of meanings is important to develop techniques of individual or collective care.


Objective: To understand impregnated subjectivities in the everyday experiences of Brazilian and Portuguese patients with chronic ulcers, in the light of the Oral History of life.


Method: Comparative study with a qualitative approach, using Oral History as method and technique. The network of collaborators, formed by males and females, aged 39-82 years, was structured into two groups, one consisting of 06 people in Natal / RN, Brazil and another composed of 10 people in Évora / Portugal. In both groups, the narratives were collected through open questions, which were recorded, transcribed and analyzed by the technique of thematic content analysis.


Results: Through the analysis, three themes were revealed: Social repercussion in Brazil and in Portugal; Trajectory of theinjured person; and Coping mechanisms.


Conclusion: Changes were observed in social life, leading contributors to isolation, in addition to confronting the stigma experienced. There were also identified points as the reinterpretation of chronic wound carrier about their disease and coping strategies of their chronic condition.

Published
Dec 12, 2016
How to Cite
ALBINO SIMPSON, Clélia et al. Subjective Aspects of People with Chronic Ulcers: a Qualitative Study in Brazil and Portugal. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 9, dec. 2016. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imed.pub/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/2029>. Date accessed: 24 may 2018. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3823/2227.
Section
Primary Care

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