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ROLE OF THE PSYCHOLOGIST IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT

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Author(s): MÓNICA NOVOA | BLANCA PATRICIA BALLESTEROS DE VALDERRAMA

Journal: Universitas psychologica
ISSN 1657-9267

Volume: 5;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 599;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: Psychologist role | critical patient | Health Psychology | Intensive Care Unit

ABSTRACT
The research presented in this article was aimed to specify in detail psychologist’s role in the context of an IntensiveCare Unit, from the work at the Health Service Humanization Project, carried out by the Pontificia UniversidadJaveriana from 1994 to 2000. This research is framed as a documental one, with a non-experimental design of anevaluative type aimed to evaluate the results of the activities carried out in function of the proposed objectives. Resultswere analysed at two levels: a qualitative level though Logical Frames Methodology and a quantitative level, withdescriptive and correlation statistics. Results allowed to define psychologist’s role in three fundamental areas: attentionto patients at the ICU, attention to family members or caregivers, and work with health personnel. These three areas arerelated to the objective of improving this people quality of life.
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