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[System of meanings about the purpose of family health work: a qualitative analysis].

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
0080-6234
Publisher
SciELO
Publication Date
Volume
43
Issue
4
Pages
915–922
Identifiers
PMID: 20085164
Source
Medline

Abstract

This exploratory study was performed to understand the system of meanings about the purpose of the nursing and medical work performed by Family Health teams, in the cities of Rio Grande and Pelotas (Brazil). Data collection was performed by semi-directed individual interviews. The interviews of 82 participants were recorded, and analyzed. The nuclear meaning of the purpose, as an end transmuted into the product of collective work, was in agreement with the possibility of the community implementing changes and acquiring healthy individual and collective behaviors. This gives evidence of the component of ethics in the process, by means of categories such as solidarity and compassion. This led to a marker, in the text production, of the human condition in the construction of the work purpose. Through the analysis and critical discussion of the theme, this study contributes to the macro-dimension of developing competencies and adjustment to the health needs of society.

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