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O cuidado de enfermagem e a invasão da privacidade do doente: uma questão ético-moral

Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem 01/2002; DOI: 10.1590/S0104-11692002000300018
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ABSTRACT Os enfermeiros constantemente invadem a intimidade e a privacidade do doente ao realizar os cuidados de enfermagem, porém raramente discutem os aspectos que envolvem esse problema. A literatura de enfermagem abrangendo esse tema é escassa, motivando a elaboração deste estudo com o objetivo de sensibilizar os enfermeiros quanto à relevância e necessidade de reflexão sobre o assunto. Ressaltam-se questões ético-legais e morais que permeiam a invasão da privacidade, apontando as responsabilidades dos profissionais de enfermagem. Discute-se a atuação dos Comitês de Ética em Pesquisa e das Comissões de Ética de Enfermagem das Entidades como mecanismos de controle e proteção dos indivíduos, circunstanciando, principalmente, a respeito da conduta e postura dos enfermeiros no processo de cuidar. O estudo alerta para a necessidade de discussão e reavaliação dos papéis desses mecanismos e da qualidade da assistência de enfermagem, uma vez que a proteção da privacidade dos doentes ainda é deficiente.

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