Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
MOTTA, Luciana Branco da; CALDAS, Célia Pereira and ASSIS, Mônica de. Training professionals for delivering ingreated health care to the aged: the interdisciplinary experience of NAI - UNATI/UERJ. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2008, vol.13, n.4, pp. 1143-1151. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232008000400010.
The training of professionals in the field of healthcare for the aged is one of the priorities of the national policy for the aged in Brazil due to the accelerated aging of the population. The Núcleo de Atenção ao Idoso (NAI), a unit of the Open University of the Third Age/UERJ (UNATI/UERJ) develops an educational program in this field, based on practical care delivery with emphasis to inter-disciplinarity and teamwork. The program includes different training levels and modalities: Residency, Specialization, Professional Practice and Graduation. The program includes an introductory course in gerontology and geriatrics common to all areas, and specific theoretical-practical qualification coordinated by the professional staff from the respective areas. The practical activities occur in different sceneries: long term care institutions, health promotion educational settings, outpatient facilities and the university hospital. Interdisciplinary thinking and acting is a continuous exercise, and the team should be open to innovative strategies. The experience is a contribution to the increasing social demand for qualified professionals committed with the principles of the Unified Health System and integrated health care.
Keywords : Professional qualification; Human aging; Elderly health; Integrated attention; Interdisciplinarity.