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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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MAEDA, Sayuri Tanaka; MOLEIRO, Priscilla Francescucci; EGRY, Emiko Yoshikawa  and  CIOSAK, Suely Itsuko. Human resources in primary health care: investments and the driving force of production. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2011, vol.45, n.spe2, pp.1651-1655. ISSN 0080-6234.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342011000800002.

The present study describes the composition, the qualification, the salary investment, the workforce produce, and discusses users' accessibility in terms of time at Basic Health Units (BHUs). The study was performed at two BHUs from January to December 2008, and developed by analyzing administrative documents. In both, the composition of professionals according to education level revealed: 21% with a university degree, 27% with a secondary education, and50% with a primary education; showing a positive salary variation. The medical and nursing conducts were the majority at both. The production indicators confirmed: 25 and 37 min/person/month for accessibility, respectively for BHU A and B; R$ 8.43 and R$ 12.11/person/month for the salary investment at both BHUs, and 0.07 appointments/person/month at both BHUs. The professionals' available time is scarce compared to the potential of the demand. The production indicated an opportunity of care < 1 per person/month at a reduced cost.

Keywords : Primary Health Care; Health Care costs; Health Services Accessibility; Public health.

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