Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
Print version ISSN 0080-6234
LOPES, Denise Maria Quatrin et al. Community health agents and their experiences of pleasure and distress at work: a qualitative study. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2012, vol.46, n.3, pp. 633-640. ISSN 0080-6234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342012000300015.
The objective of this study was to identify the situations that cause pleasure or distress at work among the Community Health Agents (CHA) in a city in Rio Grande do Sul state/Brazil. A qualitative study was performed with 24 agents as the participants. Data collection took place in 2009 through the use of focal groups, using the thematic analysis technique. The situations causing pleasure at work were: being recognized, solving problems, working with peers and being creative. Situations causing distress were: deficiencies in the health service; lack of knowledge regarding their roles; lack of recognition; the stress of teamwork; the obligation of living and working in the same area; daily living and becoming involved with the social problems of the community; and being exposed to violence, which resulted in fear. It was verified that there is a need for adopting interventions with a view to promoting better working conditions, professional satisfaction and the health of community agents.
Keywords : Community Health Aides; Family Health Program; Working conditions; Occupational health; Health personnel.