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Child care in health services: pathways to comprehensive health care

Grant number: 13/26711-0
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: June 01, 2014 - May 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Nursing - Pediatric Nursing
Principal Investigator:Maria Cândida de Carvalho Furtado
Grantee:Maria Cândida de Carvalho Furtado
Host Institution: Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto (EERP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil
Associated researchers:Débora Falleiros de Mello


Public policies on child health care in Brazil have improved with a view to quality of care. Despite the major changes in child health indicators, it is necessary a constant surveillance related to the actions widely recommended. Child health care in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, intends to meet the recommendations of the Brazilian public policies for health, with the efforts of Programs for Women and Children Health Care of the Municipal Health Department (SMS). This research aims to assess the child care in the city from the perspective of health professionals and mothers of children who use health services, as well as analyzing the management of a child health care program, focusing on the principles of the National Health System (SUS) and the comprehensive health care to children. Therefore, it will be carried an evaluative study with data collection through interviews with health professionals and mothers of children. For analysis of the management, the database of the child health care program with information about care will also be used in the data collection. The relevance of this study is justified to bring the view of the actors responsible for child care (healthcare professionals and mothers), in order to compose data that intend to strengthen the SUS, incorporating and reaffirming its principles. The contribution is to present research methods that identify tools to qualifying child care. Their results have the potential to identify subsidies that help in improving the care of children and their families not only in the city, but also serve as a model of child care for similar situations at regional and/or national level. (AU)

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