Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
versão impressa ISSN 1413-8123
SANTOS, Lyvia de Jesus e VIEIRA, Maria Jésia. The role of the psychologist in hospitals and maternity wards in the state of Sergipe. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.5, pp. 1191-1202. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012000500013.
This article seeks to reflect on the professional activity of the psychologist in the hospital context by examining the role of psychologists working in hospitals and maternity wards in the State of Sergipe. It seeks to identify the specific role of these professionals in hospitals and maternity wards, as well as their motivating forces and the difficulties encountered. This work is part of a broader project that sought to study not only the activity per se, but also training aspects of these professionals. The sample was analyzed using a qualitative and quantitative approach for thematic analysis. Results revealed that the characterization of the role of psychologists has a focus on psychotherapeutic work with patients before and after surgery, as well as the caregivers and family members of critically ill patients in the following units: ICU, ICC, oncology, dialysis and surgical wards, offering support, especially at the pre- and post-surgery phase.
Palavras-chave : Psychology; Activities; Hospital psychology; Professional practice; Health work.