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CORIOLANO, Maria Wanderleya de Lavor et al. Continuing education with community health agents: a proposal for care of asthmatic children. Trab. educ. saúde [online]. 2012, vol.10, n.1, pp.37-59. ISSN 1981-7746.

The use of active methods in the health worker training process is a guideline that is recommended under the National Continuing Education in Health Policy (PNEPS) for National Health System (SUS) employees. In this study, the authors created an educational intervention for community health agents (CHA) regarding care aimed at children/families with asthma. The aim is to describe an educational action involving community health workers about asthmarelated knowledge, adopting the National Policy on Continuing Education in Health in the context of primary care. This was a 'quantiqualitative' study, with pretest and posttest assessments filled in by the community health workers them-selves, in addition to active approaches in three experiential focus groups, which had their activities recorded and transcribed for later data analysis using the content analysis methodology in accordance with the thematic mode proposed by Bardin. The CHA's knowledge about the myths related to asthma increased after the educational activity. The following themes emerged from the focus groups: Health education for the prevention of respiratory diseases; Meaning attributed to asthma; Firecrackers: demystifying concepts; Trigger factors for asthma; Adapting preventive care; Assessing the knowledge built. The use of active methodologies favored the development of skills among the CHAs, arousing motivation in the educational approach with children/families with asthma.

Palavras-chave : health education; asthma; primary health care; continuing education; problem-based learning.

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