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Title: Referral to the national network of integrated care: the nurses' perception
Authors: Fonseca-Teixeira, Susana Alexandra
Parreira, Pedro 
Mónico, Lisete 
Salgueiro-Oliveira, Anabela
Amado, João Costa
Keywords: Home Care Services; Quality of Health Care; Long-Term Care; Patient Care Team; Nursing; Portugal
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Escola de Enfermagem de Universidade de Sao Paulo
Serial title, monograph or event: Revista latino-americana de enfermagem
Volume: 28
Abstract: Objective: to understand the referral to the National Network of Integrated Continuous Care, from the perspective of nurses who work in this care context. Method: an exploratory and descriptive study with a qualitative approach, with data collection between July and September 2019 through interviews with 12 nurses who work in Integrated Continuous Care Teams, in Northern Portugal. The content analysis technique was used to analyze the statements. Results: the professionals revealed that there are difficulties and constraints in the process of referring users to the National Network of Integrated Continuous Care. The process is bureaucratic, complex, and time-consuming, conditioning user accessibility to timely care. Conclusion: the referral process is a very bureaucratic and time-consuming procedure, which not only conditions and delays users’ access to the National Network of Integrated Continuous Care network, contributing to the worsening of the clinical status of some patients. The number of professionals is insufficient, inducing the demand for services through urgency. The focus on primary care should seek to improve inequalities in access, compete for more equitable and accessible care, generating more quality in health care.
ISSN: 1518-8345
DOI: 10.1590/1518-8345.3800.3372
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:FPCEUC - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais

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