Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
On-line version ISSN 1678-7153
YAMAMOTO, Oswaldo H. and CUNHA, Isabel M. F. F. de Oliveira. The psychologist in hospitals of Natal: a preliminary study . Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 1998, vol.11, n.2, pp. 345-362. ISSN 1678-7153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79721998000200012.
This paper presents a preliminary approach to the study of Natal (Northeast of Brazil) resident psychologists practice in the hospital context. Five female psychologists, working in non-psychiatric hospitals, were chosen through intentional sampling technique to be interviewed. The analysis considered four points: their undergraduate training, their professional life, activities they developed in the hospital setting and a general assessment of their work. The results indicate a flawed academic background, poor actual conditions to carry out their jobs, and the use of conventional psychological methods instead of developing new ones. The status of this practice and the requirements for a more consistent practice in the public health field are discussed.
Keywords : Health Psychology; Psychology in the hospital setting; professional training; public health; Psychology in Brazil.