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Escola Anna Nery

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VIEIRA, Katiucia Letiele Duarte; GOMES, Vera Lúcia de Oliveira; BORBA, Marta Riegert  and  COSTA, César Francisco da Silva. Health care for male population in basic unit of family health: reasons for (not) attendance. Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2013, vol.17, n.1, pp.120-127. ISSN 1414-8145.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1414-81452013000100017.

This exploratory and descriptive study aimed to know the reasons that lead men to seek healthy care and understand the reasons that depart them from the Basic Unit of Family Health in the southern tip of Brazil. For the analysis of the records, 175 attendances to men ranging from 25 to 59 years old in 2010 were identified. Acute problems were reported by 93 (52.2%) users, the pain triggered 42 (23.6%) of chronic problems, hypertension, struck 37 (21.4%) clients. Through interviews it was possible to understand what moves them away from the Basic Unit of Family Health. Notably, men felt healthy, so little did they attend the health service, thus, it might take them ten years or more to look for it. In addition to gender issues, alleged scheduling conflict, fear to detect any serious disease, insufficient number of appointments and a lack of specialists. In order to accomplish the peculiarities of the male population it urges qualification on health professionals, so as to problematize the reality of each Basic Unit of Family Health and, along with managers, resolve and enable inclusive service.

Keywords : Nursing; Men's Health; Public Health Policies; Gender Identity.

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