Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
DESLANDES, Suely Ferreira et al. Diagnostic characterization of services providing care to victims of accidents and violence in five Brazilian state capitals. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2006, vol.11, suppl., pp. 1279-1290. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232006000500017.
This article characterizes the services providing care to victims in five Brazilian regions with high violence and accident rates. It analyzes care activities and strategies, the profile of the teams, the conditions of installations, equipment and supplies, integrated care and registration services and the opinion of health managers with respect to the needs and requirements for a better care to the victims. The sample is composed by 103 services: 34 from Recife, 25 from Rio de Janeiro, 18 from Manaus, 18 from Curitiba and 8 from Brasília. The still preliminary results indicate: lower number of services focusing on the elderly; scarce investment in preventive actions; the principal actions carried out are social assistance, ambulatory and hospital care and psychological assistance; patients received from Basic Health Units require attention of the communities and families; need for investment in capacity building programs for professionals; precarious registries, data handled manually. The wording of the National Policy for Reduction ofMorbidity and Mortality from Accidents and Violence is not well-known and there is a lack of articulation among and inside sectors and between prehospital and emergency care services. Rehabilitation services are insufficient in all cities.
Keywords : Violence; Accidents; Public policies; Services.