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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

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CAVALCANTI, Maria de Lourdes Tavares; CABRAL, Marta Henriques de Pina  and  ANTUNES, Ludmila Rodrigues. Participation in health: systematization of the articles published in Brazilian journals - 1988 / 2005. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.7, pp.1813-1823. ISSN 1678-4561.

This is a study involving the revision of 107 papers on participation in health, published in 25 Public Health journals, with a view to systematize its main focus points and identify the options for the participation of society in the health system. Bibliographic research was conducted using key words, and the reading of abstracts of articles published in national public health journals linked to the CAPES portal between 1988 and 2005. The articles selected were read and categorized according to methodological and thematic aspects. Three dimensions were identified: the main dimension emphasizes participation as a strategy for the enhancing of citizenship and recognition of the right to health; the second refers to participation as a strategy for democratization of the State and strengthening of the health system, including participation in political, managerial and inspection decisions; in the third dimension of community participation, individuals, families and the community share the responsibility for health with the State. In the works examined the participation in the health system is still in progress and highlights its importance as an incentive for social capital; however, some authors point to difficulties for effective participation in accordance with legal propositions.

Keywords : Health councils; Community participation; Social control.

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