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GUIMARAES, José Maria Ximenes et al. Social participation in mental health: space of construction of citizenship, policy formulation and decision making. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.4, pp.2113-2122. ISSN 1678-4561.

The article approaches the comprehension of professionals that act in the mental health area about the movement of construction of social participation in the health system of Fortaleza, Ceará State. The methodology adopted is based upon qualitative approach. The study was developed with semi-structured interviews with 17 mental health professionals of the city above mentioned. The empirical data was analyzed through the technique of thematic content analysis, where it was identified three cores of analysis: social participation as space of citizenship and policy formulation; oriented to attention of collective needs; and decision taking. The study reveals that social participation represents a possibility of amplifying X the relations between the Civil Society and the State, which makes possible the social intervention in proposals of the health policies. It is highlighted the right to health linked to the consolidation of democracy in the attention to the needs and collective edification.

Keywords : Social participation; Citizenship; Health policy; Mental health policies; Psychiatrics reform.

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