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GUERIN, Giliane Dorneles; ROSSONI, Eloá and BUENO, Denise. Therapeutic itineraries of users of medication in a unit of the Family Heatlh Strategy. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.11, pp.3003-3010. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012001100017.
Therapeutic itineraries represent the trajectories taken by individuals in an attempt to resolve their health problems. The objective of this study was to analyze the trajectory when user prescription medication needs were not met in a Family Health Strategy Unit of the city of Porto Alegre. A database of users whose prescription needs were not fully met and the application of a questionnaire during home visits was performed. Users interviewed were between 53 and 85 years of age. The main problems reported were lack of money, physical difficulty in locomotion, side effects, illegible prescriptions, unavailability of medication in the local pharmacies of the city, fear of effects attributed to the medication, and "bureaucracy." When the medication is not available at the health unit, most users (60%) reported buying it. With respect to the communication of the family health team in the orientation of ways that the user can gain access to the medication, 25% of the respondents reported that the team did not provide necessary information about the alternate location for the acquisition of the medication that was lacking.
Keywords : Therapeutic itineraries; pharmaceutical care; medication.