Relatório de estágio

  • António Alberto Cerqueira da Silva Dias (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The Master in Nursing, with a specialization in Community Nursing, seeks to provide deacquisition and development of skills for autonomous, self-reflected and decision-based nursing performance, on the five levels of prevention, on a group/community level. This report aims to describe succinctly and clearly the route towards building skills for the specialized intervention in Community Nursing. Thus, it proposes to summarize the stages of personal and professional growth that can considerably enhance the quality of care, increase professional development and improves the satisfaction of the groups and communities in which I intervened. It demonstrates the skills developed and which converge in the recommended by Ordem dos Enfermeiros to perform specialized nursing actions in groups and communities. From the completion of Diagnostic Health, which helped identify the reality of family caregivers of frailolder adults, identifying the main real, potential and latent health needs of this group, so often neglected by nurses at the expense the attention given to dependent elderly, particularly what concerns to the negative impact arising from the task of caring (the level of burden, functionality, and family dynamics). Following the identification of health problems, the need to intervene actively and in a multidisciplinary and proximity way, was a reality. Thus was born the Community Intervention Project: "Caring for the Caregiver," which aims to generally reduce the impact on family caregivers, through the intervention in favor of adherence and adequate performance of the role of provider of care, preventing the burnout of the caregiver and empowering it, promoting the acquisition and development of skills for care giving, contributing that way to a more balanced and sustained exercise the role of carer. This project was based on a multidisciplinary and outreach approach, involving other health professionals and intervening even on the caregivers home, promoting adherence and proper performance of the role of carer. To achieve this the project ran various activities, which highlight the empowerment and health education group sessions and psychological support group, in addition to the mobilization of several strategic partnerships without which the success reflected in measurable gains in health, would not be possible. It became possible to evaluate the impact of this project through a set of performance indicators that have proved the effective and meaningful role of a specialized nurse at Community level in improving the quality of life of family caregivers throughthe reduction of the negative impact associated with the task of caring, demonstrating clearlyand unequivocally health gains by their intervention.
Date of Award2012
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorNorminda Gomes Vale Magalhães (Supervisor)


  • Community nursing
  • Caregiver
  • Empowerment
  • Caregiver burnout
  • Caregiver role adherence


  • Mestrado em Enfermagem

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