Quotidian of accompanying family members in an environment of care: the emergence of hospital tribes

Silvia da Silva Santos Passos, Álvaro Pereira, Rosane Gonçalves Nitschke
2016 Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP  
OBJECTIVE Understand the quotidian relationships of accompanying family members in an environment of care, which are close to the metaphor of a tribe in hospital environment. METHODQualitative study with data gathered from semi-structured interviews and observations with 16 family members accompanying hospitalized individuals with dependence on self-care. Data were submitted to thematic analysis, and analyzed through the metaphor of "tribe" proposed by comprehensive sociology. RESULTS Family
more » ... . RESULTS Family members build up social clusters around caring, where we find traits typical of tribes: emotional ambience; solidarity based on links of sympathy and mutual assistance; an affectual nebula in the process of interaction; a logic of fusion in tactile relations; and communion/religiosity in the process of connecting in a collective identity. CONCLUSION In the presence of tragedy, families build social clusters similar to tribes having care as a totem.
doi:10.1590/s0080-623420160000400013 pmid:27556718 fatcat:mrlagyblprddhakvjvxw2zqxam