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Physis: Revista de Saúde Coletiva
On-line version ISSN 1809-4481
DAL POZ, Mario Roberto; LIMA, José Carlos de Souza and PERAZZI, Sara. Task force on mental health in Brazil: challenges of the psychiatric reform. Physis [online]. 2012, vol.22, n.2, pp.621-639. ISSN 1809-4481. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-73312012000200012.
The paper analyzes mental health human resources training in a changing environment of the mental health delivery model in Brazil, a country that was one of the first to adopt a community care model to replace the one based on the asylum. The authors argue that the human resources training is one of the weakest points in the changing process of the mental health care model in Brazil, despite that this difficulty is exclusive of the mental health area. This problem seems to cut across the Brazilian Health Reform. According to the authors, the challenge is to plan co-ordinately the health system and the training policies, linking health and education. The long-term sustainability of the new health policy requires developing appropriate human resources policies, as well as to address the workforce distribution inequality.
Keywords : human health resources; mental health; health human resources training; sanitary reform; psychiatric reform; Brazil.