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Cadernos de Saúde Pública

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Abstract

MARAGNO, Luciana et al. Prevalence of common mental disorders in a population covered by the Family Health Program (QUALIS) in São Paulo, Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2006, vol.22, n.8, pp.1639-1648. ISSN 0102-311X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2006000800012.

The prevalence of common mental disorders has increased in many countries. Cases are often not identified and adequately treated because traditional health care services are rarely prepared to deal with this problem. The Family Health Program (FHP) has been implemented in Brazil since 1995-1996 and provides a new primary health care model with the potential for better care for these patients. This study investigates common mental disorders prevalence according to FHP coverage and associated socio-demographic factors. A large health and health care survey was conducted from January to March 2001 in areas partly covered by the FHP in a peripheral area of the city of Sao Paulo and included common mental disorders screening in 2,337 individuals > 15 years of age. There was no significant difference in common mental disorders prevalence according to FHP. Common mental disorders prevalence was significantly higher among females (PR = 1.34), elderly (PR = 1.56), and individuals with lower income (PR = 2.64) or less schooling (PR = 2.83). Common mental disorders was associated with indicators of social disadvantage, implying the need to focus on specific health problems and risk groups to improve the impact of care.

Keywords : Mental Disorders; Family Health Program; Services Evaluation.

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