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PANDE, Mariana Nogueira Rangel  and  AMARANTE, Paulo Duarte de Carvalho. Challenges for Psychosocial Care Centers as alternative services: the new chronicity in question. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2011, vol.16, n.4, pp.2067-2076. ISSN 1678-4561.

This paper is part of a qualitativelyoriented research project conducted in a Psychosocial Care Center (Caps) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The goal of this work was to analyze the risks of a new chronicity in this service. The research was based on semi-structured interviews with professionals, patients and relatives, analyzing the data from a social constructionist perspective. The main conclusion of this study is that the people interviewed agree with the tendency of a new chronicity, an expression that was useful to analyze the operations, advances and challenges of this service.

Keywords : Psychiatric reform; Disinstitutionalization; Psychosocial care; New chronicity.

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