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Revista Brasileira de Epidemiologia

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Abstract

SANTIAGO, Adriana Xavier de et al. Equitable access to health services for children aged 5 to 9 in a medium city of northeasth of Brazil: a result of Family Health Strategy. Rev. bras. epidemiol. [online]. 2014, vol.17, suppl.2, pp.39-52. ISSN 1415-790X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1809-4503201400060004.

INTRODUCTION:

The Brazilian National Health System may reduce inequalities in access to health services through strategies that can reach those most in need with no access to care services.

OBJECTIVE:

To identify factors associated with the use of health service by children aged 5 to 9 years in the city of Sobral, Ceará, northeastern Brazil.

RESULTS:

Only 558 (17.0%) children used health care services in the 30 days preceding this survey. Children with any health condition (OR = 3.90) who were frequent attenders of primary care strategy of organization (the Family Health Strategy, FHS) (OR = 1.81) and living in the city's urban area (OR = 1.51) were more likely to use health services. Almost 80% of children used FHS as their referral care service. Children from poorer families and with easier access to services were more likely to be FHS users.

CONCLUSION:

The study showed that access to health services has been relatively equitable through the FHS, a point of entry to the local health system.

Keywords : Social determinants of health; Health service/utilization; Health services accessibility; Equity; Family Health; Child Health Services.

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