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NAGAI, Silvana Cappelleti  and  QUEIROZ, Marcos de Souza. Alternative and complementary medicine in the basic health system network in Brazil: a qualitative approach. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2011, vol.16, n.3, pp.1793-1800. ISSN 1678-4561.

This article focuses on the social representations of health professionals about the introduction of complementary and alternative medical practices in the public health service network in Campinas city (SP, Brazil). Based in an essentially qualitative methodological perspective, the article analyses the general conditions, the problems and the obstacles related to the implementation of such practices. The success of this inclusion was found in four main reasons: the clientele disposition which gives support and demands this kind of service; the health vision of the sanitarian doctors, which is open to such project; the wide support given by the non-medical health professions, which intend to add value and amplify their practice and, finally, the own perspective of the alternative and complementary medicines, which agree with the Unified Health System (SUS) proposals. Despite the success in the implementation of such practices in the health basic system, two negative aspects were detected: the insufficient planning and the simplified vision which converts such rationalities in mere techniques, which follow the same mechanistic principles of the allophatic medicine and the same reified understanding of disease.

Keywords : Alternative medicines and Brazilian Health System; Medical rationalities and paradigms in health; Brazilian Health System Reform.

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