Workers' Health Reference Centers performance in mental health: a survey in Brazil

Mariana de Castro Brandão Cardoso Tânia Maria de Araújo About the authors



nowadays mental disorders constitute the third cause for workers' leave.


to identify main initiatives in work-related mental health carried out by Workers' Health Reference Centers (CEREST).


descriptive study using online survey conducted with CERESTs in Brazil in 2014.


80.1% (n = 161) of the eligible CERESTs took part in this study. Most of them (87.5%) were operating for more than five years, 89.2% were managed with resources from the National Network of Integral Attention in Occupational Health (Renast), 61.3% had good infrastructure and 67.7% had trained staff in mental health care. However, 63.5% did not have social control, only 46.9% provided ambulatory care, 47.8% developed health education activities in Psychosocial Attention Center (CAPS), 40.9% carried out matrix support initiatives, 18.7% had a therapeutic group, 35.5% developed constantly informative activities, 53.2% carried out work environment inspections and 58.8% made a systematic record work-related mental disorders cases in the Notifiable Diseases Information System (SINAN).


we observed that work-related mental health initiatives carried out by CERESTs are still incipient.

occupational health; mental health; Brazilian Unified Health System; mental disorders

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