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Revista de Saúde Pública

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MOURA, Escolástica Rejane Ferreira  and  SILVA, Raimunda Magalhães da. Professional competence and contraceptive care. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2005, vol.39, n.5, pp.795-801. ISSN 1518-8787.

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the technical competence of professionals carrying out activities related to contraceptive care. METHODS: Evaluative research in the field of health was conducted in eight districts of the State of Ceara from July to September 2003. Data was collected by means of interviews with 29 nurses working in the Family Health Care Program within these districts and 50 people being attended by this program. Observations of the Family Health Care Units were a complementary source of data within this study. RESULTS: The majority of nurses had received some form of training regarding contraception and the technical norms regulating their use. However, professional barriers were reported by the nurses and others were identified by lay persons being attended by the program, that indicate the need to provide better training for professionals engaged in this area of care. The nurses recognized they had deficits in information and communication skills as well as technical deficits in dealing with contraception. CONCLUSIONS: There are gaps in professional competence with regard to contraceptive care that, when associated to the lack of systematization of team work, generates distortions in the quality of care. Team work was characterized by the lack of definition of team members' specific attributions and tasks.

Keywords : Familiar planning services; Contraception; Professional competence; In-service training; Health education; Evaluation; Family health.

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