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ARAUJO, Marize Barros de Souza  and  ROCHA, Paulo de Medeiros. Family health: changing practices? A case study in the city of Natal (RN), Brazil. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2009, vol.14, suppl.1, pp.1439-1452. ISSN 1678-4561.

This article presents a qualitative case study where the unit of analysis was the Family Health Program team of Natal city, Rio Grande do Norte State, Brazil. The objectives were to analyze the conceptualizations of the professionals regarding teamwork as well as to identify in these practices the elements that contribute to an effective change in the hegemonic health model. The study was based on the Peduzzi (1998) typology and definition of health team and was conducted in six family health units in the North and East health districts selected by a pre-established criteria. Data were collected using a semi-structured interview applied in family health teams, which were analyzed using the Collective Subject Discourse proposed by Lefèvre and Lefèvre (2003). The results indicate a predominance of an integrated team type, and also that teamwork is an essential element for the development of the Family Health Strategy.

Keywords : Teamwork; Family health; Assistential model; Collective subject discourse.

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