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WENDLING, Ana Paula Barbosa; MODENA, Celina Maria  e  SCHALL, Virgínia Torres. Abandonment of tuberculosis treatment in the perspective of health centers managers in Belo Horizonte-MG, Brazil. Texto contexto - enferm. [online]. 2012, vol.21, n.1, pp.77-85. ISSN 0104-0707.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-07072012000100009.

The Brazilian National Tuberculosis Control Program requires the organization and proper functioning of health services to meet the principle of intregality, one of the pillars of the Brazilian Unified Health System and the most important orientation for tuberculosis control. This study aims to investigate, in the perspective of nine managers of health centers in Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil, aspects concerning the functioning of the services they coordinated, associated to noncompliance with tuberculosis treatment and the feasibility of meeting Program guidelines. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews and interpreted by means of thematic content analysis. Reports indicate that health services did not comply with the integrality orientation, requiring better organization and continuing education processes of health professionals to deal with abandonment and to develop new alternatives to improve treatment adherence and compliance.

Palavras-chave : Health centers managers; Qualitative research; Tuberculosis; Treatment abandonment.

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