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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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OLSCHOWSKY, Agnes et al. Evaluation of a Psychosocial Care Center in Foz do Iguaçú, Brazil: la realidad en Foz del Iguaçu, Brasil. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2009, vol.43, n.4, pp.781-787. ISSN 0080-6234.

This is an excerpt of the study An evaluation of the Psychosocial Care Centers in Southern Brazil. The objective is to evaluate the ambience of a Level II Psychosocial Care Center (CAPS, abbreviation in Portuguese) as a place for comfort. This case-study was performed using a qualitative approach and the Fourth Generation Evaluation. The following was used for data collection: interviews with 10 professionals from the health team, 11 patients, and 11 relatives, and 297 hours of field observation. The closed door and the reduced team had repercussions on the work process at the Care Center. These critical nodes have a direct effect on the ambience, producing tension and antagonism in services such as CAPS. The presented issues are themes that demonstrate the commitment to a healthy environment, which implies comfort and subjectivity in the work at CAPS.

Keywords : Health evaluation; Mental health; Mental Health Services.

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