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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
versão impressa ISSN 1413-8123versão On-line ISSN 1678-4561
GIRARDI, Sábado Nicolau et al. Assessment of the scope of practice of physicians participating in the Mais Médicos (More Doctors) Program, and associated factors. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2016, vol.21, n.9, pp.2739-2748. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1413-81232015219.15912016.
The purpose of this study was to characterize the scope of practice of physicians working in primary healthcare participating in the Mais Médicos (More Doctors) Program (‘PMM') and investigate the factors associated with execution of a larger number of clinical activities. It is an exploratory study carried over January to March 2016, through a self-applied questionnaire containing a list of 49 procedures, activities and actions carried out in primary healthcare. A total of 1,241 physicians took part in the study, most of them female, between age 40 and 49, and of Cuban nationality. The physicians carried out an average of 22.8 ± 8.2 procedures; they reported knowing how to carry out a larger number of procedures. Factors associated with executing a larger number of procedures were: being male, having graduated more recently, two years or less practicing in their primary healthcare unit, practicing in the North or South geographical regions, in small towns and more distant from the regional health headquarters. The main reason for not carrying out the procedures and activities that they reported knowing how to do was the lack of materials and inadequate infrastructure. The results show that the scope of practice of the physicians of the PMM is lower than their capacities, and that interventions with the intention of widening their scope are necessary.
Palavras-chave : Mais Médicos Program; Human resources; Primary healthcare.