Mental Health In Primary Care

Study On The Practices Of The Professionals Of The Family Health Strategy

  • Dayse Lôrrane Gonçalves Alves Universidade Estadual do Ceará
  • Maria Vilani Cavalcante Guedes Universidade Estadual do Ceará
  • Josualdo Araujo Lima Ribeiro Universidade Estadual do Ceará


Objective: To understand how the professionals of the Family Health Strategy (FHS) develop their actions with people who need mental health care.

Methods and results: This is an observational and descriptive research, which predominantly had a qualitative approach. The participants of this research were the professionals of the Reference Teams of the Family Health Strategy of a municipality in the interior of Ceará, in this case, doctors, nurses and dental surgeons. The sample was of twenty participants, which was given by theoretical saturation about the object of study. For the data collection, two techniques were used: semi-structured interview and simple observation. This project was submitted and approved by the Research Ethics Committee of the State University of Ceará (CAAE: 44321015.4.0000.55.34 - Report No.: 1,082,101 / 2015). The data were organized through the technique of the Discourse of the Collective Subject. The results showed that health professionals are not yet ready to promote mental health care in primary care, since they still conceive mental health care from the asylum paradigm and, therefore, act based on the prevalence of diagnosis Psychiatric care, individual care, prescription drugs and renewal of prescriptions.

Conclusion: In this regard, we emphasize the need to invest in continuing education for professionals in order to train them for the mental health act.

Keywords: Mental Health; Primary Health Care; Family Health Strategy.


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How to Cite
ALVES, Dayse Lôrrane Gonçalves; GUEDES, Maria Vilani Cavalcante; RIBEIRO, Josualdo Araujo Lima. Mental Health In Primary Care. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 10, june 2017. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 13 nov. 2019. doi:
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