Stigma and mental health in primary care: can gap in medical education interfer in access to health?

Vinícius Batista Vieira Pedro Gabriel Godinho Delgado About the authors

Abstract

This article aims to identify medical competencies marked by stigma against people with mental disorders. We analyzed, based on Pierre Bourdieu's concept of habitus, the interference of medical training in the thinking and action of primary care doctors to manage cases of people with those disorders. This research used features of participant observation on a lesson applied by a psychiatrist for primary care physicians in matrix support activities. We describe the pedagogical strategy developed that, when analyzed, was able to demonstrate stigmas in the competencies of doctors, with a potential negative consequence for healthcare, like generalizations, reductionisms, hopelessness and other feelings associated with barriers to access to care giving of that population.

Keywords:
Social stigma and mental health; mental health and primary care; medical anthropology; medical education; primary health care

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