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Escola Anna Nery

versão impressa ISSN 1414-8145versão On-line ISSN 2177-9465

Resumo

SANTOS, Charles Souza et al. Social representations of health professionals on negligenced diseases. Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2017, vol.21, n.1, e20170016.  Epub 16-Fev-2017. ISSN 1414-8145.  http://dx.doi.org/10.5935/1414-8145.20170016.

Objective:

To analyze the contents and the structure of social representations built by health professionals regarding neglected diseases.

Methods:

This is a qualitative research, supported by the Theory of Social Representations that uses a structural approach, with 51 health professionals who work in care services for neglected diseases in a municipality in the state of Bahia. Data collected through free evocations to the inducing term neglected disease during the first half of 2016 and analyzed by EVOC software.

Results:

The representational structure was formed by four dimensions (social, individual, socio-individual and imaginary) that explained the interface between the possible central core with the terms neglect/lack of knowledge and the peripheral elements with the terms poverty/lack of investment.

Conclusion:

The representational structure of health professionals translated the concept and image of neglected diseases, allowing for changes in individual and collective practices that are effective in combating these diseases.

Palavras-chave : Neglected diseases; Health; Qualitative research.

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