Publications (4)1.72 Total impact
Article: [Prevalence of minor psychiatric disorders among primary healthcare workers in the South and Northeast regions of Brazil].[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Mental health problems are among the most prevalent conditions in health workers. We evaluated the prevalence of minor psychiatric disorders and associated factors among primary healthcare workers. The study design was cross-sectional and services-based, in 240 primary healthcare units in 41 municipalities (counties) with more than 100 thousand inhabitants in seven States in the South and Northeast regions of Brazil. A total of 4,749 primary healthcare workers were interviewed, and prevalence of minor psychiatric disorders was 16%, with no statistical differences according to region or primary care model. The rate was higher in community health workers and other workers with secondary education (18%) and lower in health professionals with university training (10%); while physicians (15%) and nurses and nurse technicians (14.6%) were in an intermediate situation (p < 0.001). Occupational characteristics showed the strongest association with the occurrence of minor psychiatric disorders according to the adjusted analysis, suggesting that their reduction requires improvements in work conditions in primary healthcare and in the management of the Unified National Health System.Cadernos de saúde pública / Ministério da Saúde, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública 03/2012; 28(3):503-14. · 0.83 Impact Factor
Article: [Characteristics of primary healthcare service use in the southern and northeastern regions of Brazil: differences by care model].[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: In view of the emphasis on primary care for the health system and the consolidation of Family Healthcare Strategy, it is important that information on attended demand be updated to assist in administration of the Unified Health System (UHS). The study compared the profile of attended demand in basic healthcare units (BHU) of two care models (traditional and family health) in 240 BHU of seven states of the South and the Northeast. Collected on a prepared form, all patients attended in a single day were processed with the PACOTAPS application. 26,019 patients were attended, 52% in the South and 48% in the Northeast; one third in Traditional BHU and 67% in BHU of FHP. The highest proportion of patients attended was females aged between 15 and 49 (36%), with significant differences between the models, being higher in BHU of FHP. The second highest proportion was people aged 50 or older (30%), significantly higher in Traditional BHU. The most commonly registered procedures were basic nursing cases (33%), with higher proportion in Traditional BHCU. The proportion of medical appointments was 22%, double in Traditional BHCU. The profile of the demand reflected the differences between the ongoing care models in the country and may provide the organization of work processes in basic care.Ciencia & saude coletiva 11/2011; 16(11):4395-404.
Article: [Evaluation of the effectiveness of Primary Health Care in South and Northeast Brazil: methodological contributions].[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The article presents the methodology used in the Baseline Study that evaluated the effectiveness of the Family Health Strategy as compared to traditional primary health care units. The study included 41 municipalities with more than 100 thousand inhabitants each, 21 from the South and 20 from the Northeast of Brazil. As the principal dependent variable and underlying premise for sampling in the Baseline Study, the effectiveness of program activities in the primary care units was analyzed in the population within the respective coverage areas, using an epidemiological survey. The health care model in the primary care units was the principal independent variable. Its effect on program activities was controlled according to geopolitical region, metropolitan area, and population size in the municipalities. Coverage of the activities was characterized according to socioeconomic, demographic, and health-related factors. The use of comparison groups, multiple-stage samples, standardized measures, adjustment for geographic and socio-demographic characteristics, and well-defined criteria for judging the findings are contributions by the methodology employed here for designing future studies to evaluate primary health care.Cadernos de Saúde Pública 01/2008; 24 Suppl 1:S159-72. · 0.89 Impact Factor
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