Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464
MOTTA, Luciana Branco da; AGUIAR, Adriana Cavalcanti de and CALDAS, Célia Pereira. The Family Health Strategy and healthcare for the elderly: experiences in three Brazilian cities. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2011, vol.27, n.4, pp.779-786. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2011000400017.
This study focuses on healthcare for the elderly under the Family Health Strategy in three municipalities (counties) in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, specifically analyzing the organization of the healthcare network and the knowledge of six health teams, using interviews and focus groups. The study emphasized the central role of work by community health agents, the prioritization of program activities as compared to management of problems in the community covered by the strategy, a work overload in the health teams, disorganization of the healthcare networks, and lack of systemic approaches based on the basic contents of Geriatrics and Gerontology. The article concludes that there is a need for a healthcare network for the elderly consisting of hierarchically organized services and levels of care that provide support for the healthcare teams' work. The teams could also benefit from continuing education programs. The undergraduate medical curriculum should also include more course content in geriatrics and gerontology.
Keywords : Old Age Assistance; Health of the Elderly; Family Health; Human Resource Formation.