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FERRARI, Rosângela Aparecida Pimenta; THOMSON, Zuleika  and  MELCHIOR, Regina. Healthcare for adolescents: perceptions by physicians and nurses in family health teams. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2006, vol.22, n.11, pp. 2491-2495. ISSN 0102-311X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2006001100024.

This descriptive qualitative study was conducted in basic healthcare units to analyze the perceptions of physicians and nurses from family health teams concerning healthcare for adolescents, using content analysis with an emphasis on thematic analysis. The discourse of these health professionals showed that care exists for adolescents in the family health service, but that: it is not systematized because of other priorities; adolescents fail to use the service; the health professionals feel unprepared to draw adolescents to the service and treat them; and in order to implement a healthcare program for adolescents in the family health strategy it would be necessary to reorganize the service to train the existing team members and hire other professionals. Thus, the interviewees value differentiated care for adolescents, and even while recognizing their limitations and reporting not having been trained, they conduct joint actions with other areas beyond health, demonstrating that they transcend the limits of the health service and seek new ways of treating adolescents holistically.

Keywords : Adolescent; Teen Health; Primary Health Care; Family Health Program.

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