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

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

Abstract

Introduction:

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

Objective:

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

Methodology:

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

Results:

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).

Conclusion:

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

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

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