Therapeutic Itineraries and Forms of Care in a Quilombo of the Agreste of Alagoas


The research is characterized by a case study that analyzes the therapeutic health itineraries of residents of a quilombo of the agreste of Alagoas, identifying the daily forms of care present in the territory. The research has as its perspective the concept of health and human rights, in the understanding of health as a fundamental right guaranteed to every human being. Five community residents with a history of illness and/or illness participated in the study: 1 young woman, over 18 years old; 1 adult, 2 elderly and 1 elderly. The research had as instruments a field diary and a semi-structured interview. The interviews were carried out in the participants’ homes. After being transcribed, they were submitted to content analysis and presented three care trajectories present in the territory: Self-medication and religiosity as alternatives to health; Teas, herbs and popular knowledge as a practice of care; Between the basic attention, privatization practices and blessings. The results of the research demonstrate that the earliest resource mobilized by residents is self-medication, tea and herbal use, religious practices, neighborly conversations, and prayers and blessings. The second step to the resolution of the problem is the search for medicines in the UBS and the third step is hospital care and private services. Although there is access to health service, it does not respond to the needs of the community, as it seeks responses to diseases in popular practices, self-medication and private health services.

Ethnic and Racial Relations; Quilombos; Health Practices; Social Psychology

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