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CANESQUI, Ana Maria  and  SPINELLI, Maria Angélica dos Santos. Family health in Mato Grosso State, Brazil: profile and assessment by physicians and nurses. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2006, vol.22, n.9, pp.1881-1892. ISSN 1678-4464.

This article addresses the profile and assessment of the Family Health Program by physicians and nurses regarding the following aspects: profile characteristics; degree of agreement with the program's proposals; and application of methods for planning and implementing primary care activities. This was an evaluative study with health professionals, and the conclusions highlighted the following: (1) the professional profile reinforcing feminization of the healthcare work force; prevalence of precarious work contracts and worker turnover; wage disparity between professional categories; and efforts at training to achieve the program profile; (2) alteration of the healthcare model by the program, favoring social control and epidemiological surveillance as well as healthcare promotion; and (3) a high degree of implementation of several basic healthcare activities, although implementation of educational and inter-sector activities and control of chronic and endemic diseases was more limited.

Keywords : Family Health Program; Health Manpower; Evaluation.

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