A Look at Professional Education in Health with Emphasis on Aging

  • Rafael Rodolfo Tomaz de Lima Postgraduate Program in Health Sciences; Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
  • Natanael de Freitas Neto Postgraduate Program in Science, Technology and Innovation; Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
  • Thais Paulo Teixeira Costa Postgraduate Program in Professional Education; Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Rio Grande do Norte
  • Rosana Lúcia Alves de Vilar Department of Nursing; Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
  • Janete Lima de Castro Department of Public Health; Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte
  • Kenio Costa de Lima Postgraduate Program in Health Sciences; Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte

Abstract

This article purpose is to analyze the insertion of the population aging theme in the training of professionals working in the Family Health Strategy and in the Family Health Support Center. This is a study with a qualitative approach and documentary type, carried out in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, located in the Northeastern region of Brazil. To reach the objective, the pedagogical projects of the courses for the professions that work in the Family Health Strategy and in the Family Health Support Unit were searched. The documents analysis was based on the content analysis method, using the thematic analysis technique in three pre-established registration units: (i) skills and abilities; (ii) professional profile; and (iii) curricular structure. From the analysis of the pedagogical projects, two analytical categories emerged: discussion about aging and training for health care of the elderly. The research result was that the discussion about the thematic of the aging in the process of formation of human resources in health is still insipient. There is a clear necessity to prepare people to provide adequate attention to the elderly population, as well as to formulate and manage public policies for the mentioned population that benefits from Health Unic System (SUS)


Keywords: Aging; Health of the Elderly; Human Resources in Health; Health education; Primary Health Care.

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Published
2017-08-24
How to Cite
LIMA, Rafael Rodolfo Tomaz de et al. A Look at Professional Education in Health with Emphasis on Aging. International Archives of Medicine, [S.l.], v. 10, aug. 2017. ISSN 1755-7682. Available at: <http://imedicalsociety.org/ojs/index.php/iam/article/view/2716>. Date accessed: 22 sep. 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.3823/2509.
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Geriatrics