Revista Cubana de Salud Pública
versão impressa ISSN 0864-3466
LOURO BERNAL, Isabel et al. Formation of human resources in health psychology in Cuba since 1959. Rev. cub. salud pública [online]. 2009, vol.35, n.1, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0864-3466. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0864-34662009000100006.
The development of health psychology in Cuba has reflected the changes occurred in the society due to the revolutionary transformations, the organization of the national health care system and the maturing of the way of thinking and performance of the psychologist. These antecedents allowed introducing the work of this professional into the primary care institutions and modifying the concept of the role of this specialist in the hospital setting through his/her insertion not only in psychiatry but in every service, and extending his/her participation in the care of the health-disease process. The above-mentioned conditions imposed the need of postgraduate education and specialized and academic formation of psychology professionals, particularly in the health psychology branch. The training of these human resources within the health care sector has been gradually carried out thanks to the approval of three formative courses, that is, Master´s degree in Health Psychology in 1993; the specialty of Health Psychology in 1995 and Bachelor´s degree in Psychology, Health Mention, in 2004. All these processes lead to the existence of a formative system of health psychology nationwide in the Cuban medical university.
Palavras-chave : Health psychology; human resource formation; Cuba.