The investigation presents three cultural universes of those suffering from arterial hypertension, diabetes and arthrosis, describing the different dimensions and interpreting their meaning. The ethnographic method was utilized, using the ethnographic interview and participant observation and for the interpretation, the symbolic interactionism and other authors. Convergences in the dimensions arise in which the three diseases are perceived: the loss of well-being and social support, fear of disability and death. perception of the family and accepting the chronicity, interest in alternative medicine. The informants of this study perceive nursing care with ambiguity.
|Translated title of the contribution||Symbolic meanings of patients with chronic diseases|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da U S P|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2003|
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