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GOULART, Bárbara Niegia Garcia de; HENCKEL, Caroline; KLERING, Clara Eunice and MARTINI, Maristela. Speech therapy and health promotion: an experience report based on domiciliary visit. Rev. CEFAC [online]. 2010, vol.12, n.5, pp. 842-849. Epub Apr 23, 2010. ISSN 1516-1846. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-18462010005000095.
PURPOSE: to report the experience of SLP intervention for health promotion based on domiciliary visits. METHODS: from conducting domiciliary visits and interviews with a local inhabitant of each visited home we raised general demands in the process of health and illness, as well as the counseling and referrals for primary care services whenever needed. RESULTS: 30 families were visited, of which 27 have women as the main emotional and financial provider of the family, and none of these women completed primary school. On average there are five residents per household, with at least 2 children and an elderly, ten visited families do not have one permanent job. Children usually attend school regularly. Smoking and high rate of dropouts in adolescence were also commonly mentioned. Among the 63 children living in the visited homes, delays in language and phonological disorders consist of the most commonly mentioned alterations in human communication, as well as the use of a pacifier and / or bottle. Each visit resulted in a brief descriptive report on the findings, as well as referrals and advice were given. Systematical discussions were held in order to review the referrals made by the basic health unit team. CONCLUSIONS: the oral speech therapy related alterations were the most commonly referred to by the visited population, as well as the demand for guidance on the sensory-motor-oral functions. Focus has been place on health promotion and education based on domiciliary visits. The effectiveness of the actions performed should be evaluated.
Keywords : Public Health; Health Promotion; Health Education; Single Health System; Communication Disorders.