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PINTO, Isabela Cardoso de Matos  and  TEIXEIRA, Carmen Fontes. Management Policy-Making for Work and Education in Health: the case of the Bahia State Health Department, Brazil, 2007-2008. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2011, vol.27, n.9, pp.1777-1788. ISSN 1678-4464.

The construction of Brazil's Unified National Health System (SUS) has raised a set of challenges for the health sector's administrators and personnel, including issues of work management and continuing education for health workers, in view of the financial, political, and organizational constraints in the process of changing the healthcare model. The current study aimed to analyze the process of formulating the Health Work and Education Management Policy by the Bahia State Health Department. Public policy cycle was used as the theoretical framework. The study analyzed data from institutional documents and records of participant observation by one of the authors. The results include mapping the governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders that participated in the process. The analysis highlights a series of problems in the SUS in Bahia related to work management and health workers' profile, taken as the point of departure for priority-setting in the State Strategic Agenda and Health Plan for 2008-2011.

Keywords : Health Public Policy; Health Personnel; Unified Health System.

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