Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
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SANTOS, Letícia Rosa; LEON, Casandra Genoveva Rosales Martins Ponce de and FUNGHETTO, Silvana Schwerz. Ethical principles as a home care guide. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2011, vol.16, suppl.1, pp.855-863. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232011000700017.
Home care is a health care strategy that aims to emphasize the autonomy of the patient as well as to enhance their functional skills in their home. The aim is to reflect the observance of ethical principles in home care, in the form of home assistance. The study is exploratory and descriptive, addressing a critical review of the literature, according to the analysis of Bardin. Home care is becoming indispensable in reducing hospital costs, hospitalization, number of hospitalizations and number of clinical complicationsm as well as increased family participation in patient care, providing a better quality of life. However, it is necessary to take into consideration the purpose and quality of care delivered, analyzing it from the perspective of ethical principles in order not to make this kind of care only beneficial to one party, but a common good to all subjects involved in this care.
Keywords : Nursing; Ethics; Home care.