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Rev Bras Enferm. 2016 Sep-Oct;69(5):864-871. doi: 10.1590/0034-7167-2015-0114.

Social representations of biosecurity in nursing: occupational health and preventive care.

[Article in English, Portuguese]

Author information

1
Universidade de São Paulo, Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Enfermagem Fundamental. Ribeirão Preto-SP, Brasil.
2
Universidade Federal do Piauí, Centro de Ciências da Saúde, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Enfermagem. Teresina-PI, Brasil.

Abstract

Objective::

to understand the biosecurity social representations by primary care nursing professionals and analyze how they articulate with quality of care.

Methods::

exploratory and qualitative research based on social representation theory. The study participants were 36 nursing workers from primary health care in a state capital in the Northeast region of Brazil. The data were analyzed by descending hierarchical classification.

Results::

five classes were obtained: occupational accidents suffered by professionals; occupational exposure to biological agents; biosecurity management in primary health care; the importance of personal protective equipment; and infection control and biosecurity.

Conclusion::

the different positions taken by the professionals seem to be based on a field of social representations related to the concept of biosecurity, namely exposure to accidents and risks to which they are exposed. However, occupational accidents are reported as inherent to the practice.

PMID:
27783728
DOI:
10.1590/0034-7167-2015-0114
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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