A autonomia do doente em fim de vida e a satisfação com a informação

  • Marta Gabriela Rebocho Calado (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Introduction: respect for human autonomy is related to your self to take a decision about himself and about the performance of others in itself. Autonomy involves free patient choice about accepting or refusing intervention in itself, assuming that it has sufficient information to make the decision, the patient has an active role in the participation of their health care. Material and Methods: inserted in the quantitative paradigm descriptive study. Non-probability sample, accidental 30 patients in UCP. A questionnaire with 3 parts, the first sociodemographics, the second level of knowledge about the disease; and third questionnaire experiences and opinions concerning the right to information. Results: The questionnaire was answered 30 patients, mean age 69.23 years; mostly cohabit with their spouse. The most significant groups only able to read and write or have the first cycle. For the vast majority this was not his first experience of hospitalization. Discussion: Patients attach more importance to information about treatments and therapeutic options. Most want to know everything that goes on. The doctor remains a great source of information. Some patients report that it tests and treatments are performed, without it being explained the relevance and purpose thereof. Conclusions: Patients remain dissatisfied with the quality of information, the desire to be informed prevails in their desire to participate in the decision, the advance directives and vital testament of will are still little known concept of the patient, either by age or by ignorance their rights, the right to self-determination can’t be often applied by the patient's lack of empowerment to make decisions.
Date of Award17 Sept 2014
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorJosé Almeida (Supervisor) & Manuel Luís Capelas (Co-Supervisor)


  • Satisfaction
  • Autonomy
  • Rights
  • Palliative care
  • Living will


  • Mestrado em Cuidados Paliativos

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