OBJECTIVE: To apply the "Orem's Self-care Theory" in ostomy patient care. METHODS: This is a clinical study with an intestinal ostomy patient, whose illness is a consequence of the "Chagas disease". Data collection was performed during the home visits, using a form with questions referred to the Orem's presuppositions. The data were analyzed and presented according to the determining factors in self-care development. RESULTS: Some self-care requirements were modified, such as: "Balance between loneliness and social interaction" and "Self-care in health disorders". The home care delivered based on the supporteducation system allowed for the promotion of health and the patient's perception regarding the importance of self-care. CONCLUSION: The self-care theory allowed for appropriate care and therapeutic communication adjusted to the patient's situation.
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