Cadernos de Saúde Pública
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ANDREOLI, Sérgio Baxter et al. Utilization of community mental health services in the city of Santos, São Paulo, Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2004, vol.20, n.3, pp. 836-844. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2004000300021.
To report on the clientele treated at community mental health services (CAPS) in the city of Santos, São Paulo, Brazil, a census was conducted of the patients examined at the services from June 1, 2001, to June 30, 2001. The patient's initial contact with the service was registered, and data were recorded on a standardized form, using the medical case history as a source of information. Among the 1,673 patients, average age was 46 years, 59.0% were female, 58.0% lived with their families, and mean duration of treatment was three years. Some 38.0% were schizophrenic, schizotypical, or in acute delusional states, 31.0% presented mood disorders, and 17.0% were neurotic. Treatment modalities included out-patient psychiatric (81.0%), individual (23.0%), group (13.0%), and psychosocial rehabilitation (4.3%). In Santos, CAPS treat all categories of mental disorders (and frequently those considered the most severe cases) expected at this type of service. The treatment model is that of an out-patient psychiatric clinic.
Keywords : Mental Disorders; Health Service; Mental Health; Health Policy.