Characterization of Psychological Care in Health

ABSTRACT

This paper characterizes the activities of the Psychology Service in a health care complex that provides services to the Single Health System (SUS). The use of interventions was measured by absolute and relative number of patients. It was identified: socio-demographic profile, medical specialty of origin, requesting agent, request the reasons, and type of intervention. A higher percentage of women were attended, and anxiety and depression were predominant. The most used interventions were psychological evaluation and interventions with family members/caregivers. Routine studies of characterization of care are essential for monitoring the performance of services, making it possible to verify their adequacy and the need for improvement.

Keywords
Single Health System; psychological intervention; psychotherapy; health care services

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