Beginning of residency: November 30, 2020

IEAT resident, Heloísa de Carvalho Torres holds a degree in Nursing from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, a Master’s degree in Nursing from UFMG and a PhD in Public Health from the FIOCRUZ National School of Public Health, with a sandwich doctorate internship at l’Université de Montréal . She held a post-doctorate at the National School of Public Health, linked to Fiocruz, at the Faculty of Letters of UFMG and at the University of Porto. She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Nursing at the UFMG School of Nursing, where she develops research on (i) Evaluation of Educational and Social Programs, (ii) Elaboration, Adaptation and Validation of Instruments in Diabetes Mellitus and (iii) Applications for practices of self-care in Diabetes Mellitus and sickle cell disease, Aging, Informal Caregiver and Family. She is CNPq Research Productivity Scholar 2, received Grant from the Researcher Mineiro Program (PPM – FAPEMIG) and leads the Center for Research Management, Education and Evaluation in Health (Directory of Research Groups CNPq). And coordinator of the research project Evaluation of behavioral interventions in chronic conditions. She is coordinator of the Extension Project Measurement Instruments Program for educational practices in chronic diseases: interdisciplinarity and innovation, developed in partnership with the Faculty of Letters and the Department of Statistics of the Institute of Exact Sciences of UFMG. It participates in academic cooperation and research exchange agreements with the University of Porto.


This project aims to develop a conceptual and methodological prototype to evaluate the effectiveness of a psychoeducational program aimed at the mental health and well-being of family caregivers. The psychoeducational program will be carried out through the methodological strategies: (i) group education and (ii) telephone intervention for the interaction of family caregivers who share the same problems. The program will use a participatory and dialogic approach, which leads to managing emotions, problem solving, caring for people with diabetes on hemodialysis and diabetes self-management. The study will be divided into two phases: Phase I – Development of an instrument (protocol), having as an innovative component the paradigm of proactive care and the incorporation of the perspective of behavioral and emotional components as impact factors on the success of the program carried out; Phase II – Use of the protocol obtained in Phase I to guide Health professionals to conduct the psychoeducational program aimed at the mental health and well-being of the family caregiver within a Randomized Clinical Trial. The social relevance of the proposal is due to the benefits that its immediate results can have, because, by controlling the emotional balance of the family and, above all, of the family caregiver, the prevention of decompensation of the person with diabetes on hemodialysis is promoted, which results in more efficiency and control of expenses (costs) in health.