Leprosy: The Present Of A Disease From The Past

  • Raquel Santos Monte University of Fortaleza
  • Maria Lúcia Duarte Pereira
  • Mirna Albuquerque Frota
  • Karla Maria Carneiro Rolim
  • Maria Vieira de Lima Saintrain

Abstract

Introduction: Leprosy is one of the oldest and most stigmatizing diseases to affect mankind and is still considered a public health problem in many developing countries. 


Objective: To analyze how the social representations of leprosy patients are structured. 


Method: The purpose of this study was to analyze how the social consequences of leprosy affect people carrying the disease. A multi-method approach was used, based on the Theory of Social Representations. A total of 100 subjects participated in this study (50 males and 50 females). Data were analyzed using the following software: SPSS (to assess social, economic, and clinical aspects, EVOC, SIMI, and AVRIL (to integrate the structure of social consequences). 


Results: The central core for women was “family”. In the similitude test, this word was associated with “exclusion”. For men, the central core was composed of “family”, “work”, and “treatment”. 


Conclusions: The healthcare model must strive to take into account the day-to-day concerns of leprosy patients, with a view towards greater consideration of gender differences and the development of a more humanized care system based on full assistance in order to control this disease.

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Published
2017-07-30
How to Cite
MONTE, Raquel Santos et al. Leprosy: The Present Of A Disease From The Past. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 10, july 2017. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imedicalsociety.org/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/2392>. Date accessed: 23 aug. 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.3823/2491.
Section
Infectious Diseases