Primary health care: the experience of nurses

Marcela García Vera, Miriam Aparecida Barbosa Merighi, Claudete Aparecida Conz, Marcelo Henrique da Silva, Maria Cristina Pinto de Jesus, Luz Angélica Muñoz González

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OBJECTIVE: to understand the meaning of nursing care in primary health care from the perspective of Chilean nurses.

METHOD: this was a qualitative study based on the social phenomenology of Alfred Schutz. Data was collected between January and April 2013, through interviews with 13 primary health care nurses in Chile.

RESULTS: the nurses perceived primary care as a gratifying experience, considering it an encounter of subjectivities. However, they felt burdened with multiple functions and by the hierarchical pressure to achieve targets. They strived to implement innovative care, expressed by the desire to go beyond traditional care practices, and improve the efficiency of management at the various levels of health care.

CONCLUSION: it is important to discuss the results of the present study in the context of health care and especially nursing education, with the goal of better preparing nurses who will deliver care at the primary health care level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)531-537
Number of pages7
JournalRevista brasileira de enfermagem
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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    Vera, M. G., Merighi, M. A. B., Conz, C. A., Silva, M. H. D., Jesus, M. C. P. D., & González, L. A. M. (2018). Primary health care: the experience of nurses. Revista brasileira de enfermagem, 71, 531-537.