Intervencoes Psicossociais para Promocao da Saude do Homen em Unidade de Saude da Familia = Psychosocial interventions to promote Men's Health in Family Health Centers = Intervenciones Psicosociales para la Promocion de la Salud del Hombre en Centros de Salud de la Familia

Silva Souza, Luiz Gustavo, Meireles, Analice Alcantara, Tavares, Kaylla Maria Castro and Menandro, Maria Cristina Smith (2015) Intervencoes Psicossociais para Promocao da Saude do Homen em Unidade de Saude da Familia = Psychosocial interventions to promote Men's Health in Family Health Centers = Intervenciones Psicosociales para la Promocion de la Salud del Hombre en Centros de Salud de la Familia. Psicologia: Ciencia e Profissao, 35(3), pp. 932-945. ISSN (print) 1414-9893

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Abstract

This study on professional experience aims to contribute insights to answer the question, how can we promote men's health in Primary Health Care (PHC)? We describe two health interventions implemented in a Family Health Center, FHC (Brazilian PHC main facility), in Vitória, Brazil: the "Saturday Health Actions" and the "Group of Men." Each "Saturday Health Action" occurs every three months on a Saturday morning, lasts for four hours, and includes recreational activities and health education sessions (for example, discussions about sexually transmitted diseases). The "Group of Men" occurs weekly, lasts only for 1 h 15 min, and includes health education sessions (for example, discussions about alcohol problems) and psychotherapeutic workshops. Between September 2011 and July 2013, the interventions approached around 230 men from lower social classes. The concepts of comprehensive clinic and psychotherapeutic attitude are used to encourage the subjective expression of participants and their co-responsibility with the health-sickness process. Among the results, we highlight the increase in the participation of male patients in the FHC, the improvement of care delivered to chronic conditions (especially hypertension, diabetes, and alcohol problems/alcoholism), and the strengthening of harm reduction behaviors. We conclude that the interventions reported are useful in dealing with challenges related to Men's Health.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Allied health professions and studies
Health services research
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017)
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Depositing User: Luiz Silva Souza
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2019 13:45
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2019 13:45
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1590/1982-3703001562013
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/42836

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