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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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HINO, Paula et al. Family health team knowledge concerning the health needs of people with tuberculosis. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2012, vol.20, n.1, pp.44-51. ISSN 1518-8345.

The purposes of the study were to get to know conceptions on tuberculosis and health needs and to describe the care provided to people with tuberculosis, according to health professionals' perspective. Qualitative study developed at family health units in Capão Redondo, São Paulo. The data were collected through open interviews in January 2010 and submitted to discourse analysis, resulting in three categories: meanings attributed to tuberculosis and health needs and care characteristics. The conceptions regarding the disease are supported by the multi-causal theory of the health-disease process. The care is characterized by interventions that go beyond the biological dimension. The precarious living conditions define the needs of most people with tuberculosis, and can be more important to the ill than the very diagnosis of the disease, influencing treatment adherence, and should gain relevance in care.

Keywords : Needs Assessment; Health Services Needs and Demand; Tuberculosis.

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