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RAMOS, Donatela Dourado  and  LIMA, Maria Alice Dias da Silva. Health care access and receptivity to users in a unit in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2003, vol.19, n.1, pp. 27-34. ISSN 0102-311X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2003000100004.

This study focuses on users' views of factors influencing quality of care at a health care unit in the city of Porto Alegre, relating to access and receptivity. The data were collected using a semi-structured interview and participatory observation and treated using thematic analysis. The results compare ease and difficulties in geographic, economic, and functional access. Organization of services and professional competency were determinant factors in ease of reception, leading to user satisfaction. Poor reception and unsatisfactory professional performance were identified as difficulties. The study concluded that there is a need to increase the professional staff, train them in receiving users, implement a complementary modality for dental care, open the facility earlier for scheduling appointments, and prioritize care for residents of the catchment area.

Keywords : Health Services Accessibility; Services Evaluation; Quality of Health Care.

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