Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
CECILIO, Luiz Carlos de Oliveira. Management committees in health services: an empirical study. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2010, vol.26, n.3, pp. 557-566. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2010000300013.
The aim of the article, based on field data collected from a continuing education program for primary health clinic administrators, was to analyze the functioning of a health service management strategy called "management committees". Different meanings and operational modalities emerged in the committees. Various antimonies appeared in the way the committees operate (autonomy versus heteronomy, reproduction of "instituted" versus "instituting" processes, and communicative versus instrumental reasoning), thus reflecting the level of complexity in this management mechanism. Healthcare provision per se by the clinics only appeared occasionally on the committees' agenda, which mainly focused on administrative issues. The article suggests that further research is needed on the coordinator's involvement in the field of forces constituting the management committee, besides developing pedagogical strategies to support the clinic coordinators and health teams in building the committees. The primary data were submitted to an epistemological discussion anchored in the idea of double hermeneutics, multiple validation of research results, and the relationship between theory and practice.
Keywords : Health Management; Health Centers; Strategies.