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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

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CAVALCANTE, Ana Célia  and  SILVA, Raimunda Magalhães. Psychic experiences of women attended at public health centers in Teresina (PI, Brazil). Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2011, vol.16, n.4, pp.2211-2220. ISSN 1678-4561.

The scope of this article is to examine the findings of the psychic experiences of women attended at Primary Care level in public healthcare centers in Teresina, State of Piaui, Brazil. Qualitative research was conducted in order to assess emotional, social, family, sexual and workplace experiences from the standpoint of women who seek Family Healthcare services in Teresina. Semi-structured interviews and non-systematic observation carried out in the Municipal Health Unit itself were used to collect the data. The information gathered revealed psychic suffering that is intrinsic to everyday experiences, family relationships and situations involving betrayal, separation, unemployment, violence and sexual experiences. The importance of integrating mental healthcare and basic healthcare was identified, requiring in-depth dialogue, bringing together staff, family and communities that will undoubtedly benefit from this to tackle day-to-day problems permeated by violence, abuse, maltreatment and negligence. The proposal put forward is to train healthcare professionals and implement an interface between Family Healthcare and psychosocial treatment permitting integrated action geared to the individual as a whole.

Keywords : Women; Psychic suffering; Mental Healthcare; Family Healthcare.

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