Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
versión impresa ISSN 0080-6234
SA, Lenilde Duarte de et al. Caring for tuberculosis patients in the Family Health Strategy: the nurses' perceptions. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2012, vol.46, n.2, pp. 356-363. ISSN 0080-6234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342012000200013.
The objective of this study was to analyze the nurses' perceptions regarding tuberculosis control, according to the theoretical axis of comprehensive healthcare and the concepts of attachment and teamwork. This qualitative study involved 13 nurses from the Family Health Strategy of a priority city in the metropolitan region of João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil. Data were collected in focal groups and subjected to thematic content analysis. Factors that strengthen tuberculosis control were: supervised treatment, free medication and the provision of supplies. Weakening factors were: worker's turnover, the lack of encouragement for patients and incipient educational actions. The factors that, according to the nurses, weaken tuberculosis patient care should be reviewed by administrators, workers, users and educators with a view to redefining healthcare activities that strengthen attachment, comprehensive healthcare and teamwork.
Palabras llave : Tuberculosis; Family Health Program; Public health nursing; Nursing care.