Estudos de Psicologia (Natal)
versão impressa ISSN 1413-294X
SOUZA, Rafaela Assis de e CARVALHO, Alysson Massote. Health Care Family Program and quality of life: a view from Psychology. Estud. psicol. (Natal) [online]. 2003, vol.8, n.3, pp. 515-523. ISSN 1413-294X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-294X2003000300019.
In reference to the current reorganization of the public health care system of Brazil, this paper aimed to demonstrate some impacts of the proposed Health Care Family Program (HCFP) on quality of life and health of the general population. Activities promoted by the HCFP in a municipality of the state of Minas Gerais are described. Employing participant observation, it was observed that the engagement of local people, the multidimensionality of the actions, the incentive towards autonomy and a contextual and more humane aid have altogether made it possible to improve the living conditions of the target community. The congruence between such interventions and the directional principles of the new Health Care Program primary focus has been verified, as well as other contributing elements of health promotion and improvement of the quality of life of the community. Based on such report a proposal for the insertion of practitioners of psychology in the Health Care Family Program is presented.
Palavras-chave : quality of life; health care family program; health psychology.