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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

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SHIMIZU, Helena Eri  and  CARVALHO JUNIOR, Daniel Alvão de. The working process in the Family Health Strategy and its repercussions on the health-disease process. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.9, pp. 2405-2414. ISSN 1413-8123.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012000900021.

This study analyzes the perceptions that health workers engaged in the Family Heath Strategy (FHS) of the Federal District (FD) have of their own work process and its repercussions on the health-illness process. It is a cross-sectional descriptive survey carried out with a sample of 243 FHS/FD workers: 139 community health agents, 47 nursing assistants, 41 nurses, and 11 doctors. Four previously validated scales were used (Evaluation of Work Context, Human Cost at Work, Pain and Pleasure, Work Inventory and Risk of illness). The results revealed a highly Taylorised type of work process management typified by a sharp work distinction between formulators and performers, highly repetitive work tasks, performance supervision and very weak formal communication between the various hierarchical levels. These factors have seriously impaired the re-regulation of the work process by confronting current objective and subjective realities with pre-existing norms. In conclusion, the Taylorised work processes, the precarious working conditions and the specific difficulties associated with providing care to families and communities in their own territories are highly stressful and debilitating and underscore the need for improved management of the respective work processes.

Keywords : Family Health; Occupational health; Primary Healthcare.

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