Actions of nurses in the exercise of patient advocacy: An integrative review

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Objective: to identify the actions of nurses when advocating for patients as reported by the international scientific literature published in the last ten years. Method: integrative literature review with data collected from the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature database and SAGE Journals Online, using the key words “patient advocacy” and “nursing” 27 papers were identified. Results: two categories emerged: advocacy actions performed by nurses from different countries and cultures; and advocacy actions performed by nurses in different healthcare settings. Conclusion: this study’s findings are expected to contribute to research and knowledge in the field of nursing, broadening understanding of patient advocacy as an ethical component of the nursing practice.




Tomaschewski-Barlem, J. G., Lunardi, V. L., Barlem, E. L. D., da Silveira, R. S., Ramos, A. M., & dos Santos, J. M. (2018). Actions of nurses in the exercise of patient advocacy: An integrative review. Texto e Contexto Enfermagem. Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina.

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