Estudos de Psicologia (Natal)
versão impressa ISSN 1413-294X
PUPIN, Viviane Milan e CARDOSO, Cármen Lúcia. Community Health Agents and the meanings of "being an agent". Estud. psicol. (Natal) [online]. 2008, vol.13, n.2, pp. 157-163. ISSN 1413-294X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-294X2008000200008.
The Family Health Program consists of a strategy to change the health care model. This article presents the results from a qualitative study about the meanings of "being an agent" obtained through open interviews with Community Health Agents who work in five Family Health Centers of the Ribeirão Preto School of Medicine (University of São Paulo), located in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo. Interviews were tape recorded, fully transcribed, and then content analyzed. The analysis allowed for descriptions of meanings toward "being an agent", subdivided into: Meanings produced by relationships with the community, and Meanings produced by relationships with the team. Analyzing the meanings of being an agent provided the establishment of a dialogue about the tensions related to a health practice that is at times influenced by conceptions associated with the biomedical method, and at other times with the new health paradigm.
Palavras-chave : family health program; community health agents; qualitative research.