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PEREIRA, Dayliz Quinto; PEREIRA, Júlio César Motta  and  ASSIS, Marluce Maria Araújo. The odontological practice in the Basic Health Units in Feira de Santana, Bahia, in the health municipalization process: individual, autonomous, curative and technical activities. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2003, vol.8, n.2, pp.599-609. ISSN 1678-4561.

The main objective of this present study has been the description and analysis of the odontological practice in the Unidades Básicas de Saúde (Basic Health Units) in Feira de Santana, Bahia, in the health municipalization process. It is a qualitative research with a descriptive and exploratory characteristic. The empirical data were analyzed from a semistructured interview with dental surgeons (10 professionals altogether) and a non-participant observation in 3 BHU. The empirical material treatment was based on the Bardin’s (1979) and Minayo’s(1999) syllabus, from which, it was ought to unveil the visible and concealed contents from the interviewees’ speeches and have a greater understanding of the odontological procedures in the public health system. The outcome shows that the professional dental surgeon is not introduced into the municipalization process, benefiting individual, autonomous, curative and technical activities. We have deduced that the odontological practice present in the BHU in Feira de Santana, needs to be (re)built in order to achieve the goals indicated by the "SUS" (National Public Health System). And mainly, having the professional dental surgeon playing an active role in this process, leading alternative practices concerned with the promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of the oral health.

Keywords : Odontological practice; Health municipalization; Basic Health Units.

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