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Rev Lat Am Enfermagem. 2013 Mar-Apr;21(2):562-70.

Family network of children with special health needs: implications for nursing.

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Centro de Ciências da Saúde, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, RS, Brazil.



to describe appropriate sources and resources for caregivers of children with special health needs in the community.


A qualitative study that used the creativity and sensitivity dynamics speaking map, part of the sensitive creative method, involving 11 caregivers of children with special health needs who are assisted in a university hospital located in the South of Brazil.


the maps graphically represented through the genogram and ecomap showed that the caregiving women consistently and regularly use the resources of the internal and external family network; they eventually and irregularly access the community social network for physical and psychological support.


the reclusive nature of care for these children inside the family circle contributes to their social invisibility. Based on this new information, it is recommended that Nursing participate in the care that is focused on these children's families, with particular attention to their socio-cultural conditions.

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