Nursing Professionals’ Conception on Palliative Care

  • Yullia Abreu Viana
  • Leila de Cássia Tavares da Fonsêca
  • Solange Fátima Geraldo da Costa
  • Francileide de Araújo Rodrigues
  • Hyalle Abreu Viana
  • Alyne Fernandes Bezerra Federal University of Paraíba - Brazil.
  • Wanessa Toscano Cavalcante
  • Sérgio Ribeiro dos Santos
  • Maurício Caxias de Souza
  • Rozileide Martins Simões Candeia
  • Ericka Silva Holmes
  • Jaqueline Brito Vidal Batista
  • Iolanda Beserra da Costa Santos
  • Aurilene Josefa Cartaxo Gomes de Arruda
  • Humberto Hugo Nunes de Andrade
  • Jaqueline Silva de Almeida
  • Geandro da Cunha Silva
  • Wellyson Souza do Nascimento
  • Kirlene Scheyla Viana Chianca
  • Helida Maria Fernandes Brasil


Introduction: palliative care are a type of care directed to people with diseases without therapeutic possibility of cure, guided by a philosophy that emphasizes comprehensive care to the person, as opposed to actions that only seek a cure. According to the WHO, palliative care seeks quality of life of both patients and their families, from measures aimed at the prevention and relief of suffering. Objective: to verify nursing professionals’ concept on palliative care and determine how nursing professionals use palliative care in patients without therapeutic possibilities of cure. Method: field study, exploratory, qualitative, conducted with 30 nursing professionals from a public hospital, using a questionnaire, during July and August 2013. This study was approved by the CEP of the HULW/UFPB, CAAE number: 16841113.6.0000.5183. Results: four core ideas were extracted: Care focused on improving the quality of life of patients and families in coping terminal diseases; Essential care regardless of diagnosis; Palliative care is aimed at patients without therapeutic possibilities of cure and at terminal phase; Routine care promotion with gestures of love and physical and spiritual support. Conclusion: The concept of nursing professionals on palliative care is fragile and insufficient.

Dec 19, 2016
How to Cite
VIANA, Yullia Abreu et al. Nursing Professionals’ Conception on Palliative Care. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 9, dec. 2016. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 18 june 2021. doi:


palliative care; nursing; terminal care; chronic disease.

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