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CERVERA, Diana Patrícia Patino; PARREIRA, Bibiane Dias Miranda  and  GOULART, Bethania Ferreira. Health education: perception of primary health care nurses in Uberaba, Minas Gerais State. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2011, vol.16, suppl.1, pp. 1547-1554. ISSN 1413-8123.

Health education is a powerful tool that enhances social, economic and cultural contexts of the community, allied to the process of health promotion. The purpose of this study was to find the perception of nurses, related to the Family Health Strategy, on health education, in Uberaba, Minas Gerais State. It was a descriptive study, with a qualitative approach, using the method of thematic analysis. Semi-structured interviews were held with 20 nurses from Family Health Strategy (FHS) of that council. From the obtained information, five themes were abstracted: concepts; posture; bank education, professional growth; and occasional action. It was possible to identify that the subjects, in everyday life, have a wide perspective of health education, with a close relationship of professionals to this practice. However, workers still perceive this strategy in a vertical way, institutionalized, with a single-user sense of training. It is believed that this study could contribute to a discussion about the issue in practice, and thus enable the construction of a new look on health education, based on dialogical relations and the enhancement of popular knowledge.

Keywords : Health promotion; Health education; Public health.

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