Psychology and Institutional Analysis: Contributions to Formative Processes of Community Health Agents

Gustavo Zambenedetti Carlos Augusto Piccinini André Luis Leite de Figueiredo Sales Simone Mainieri Paulon Rosane Azevedo Neves da Silva About the authors

To construct a public health care system guided by integrity and humanization of attention demands transformation of the traditional ways of health care and, consequently, of the formative processes of its workers. Psychology, from a perspective of institutional analysis, can develop tools that provide new trials relating to formative processes in health. The purpose of this article is to present a research-intervention held with Community Health Agents of Family Health teams of a district-run municipality of Porto Alegre, RS. The research included a process of training in health, consisting of four thematic modules: Relation of mental health/illness; Use of alcohol and other drugs; Sexuality and HIV-AIDS; and Care strategies for mental health. The work highlights the contributions of institutional analysis to the collective health, synthesized in three aspects: training as listening and analysis of work processes; mainstreaming of practice, deconstructing dichotomies and hierarchical relationships; exercising deconstruction of stereotypes and established ways of operating the health practices.

Institutional Analysis; Psychology; Health professional education; Mental health


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