Mental health in Family Health Strategy: evaluation of matrix support

The objective of this article is to assess the matrix support under the perspective of 14 professionals of a family care unit, in an evaluative and qualitative study based on Fourth Generation Evaluation. The data were collected in observations and interviews, and were analyzed by the Constant Comparative Method, focusing on the inclusion of mental health actions in the Family Health Strategy. Professionals from these studied teams assessed the need for care support as well as technical orientations from teams that specialized in mental health as to carry out mental health actions in the territory, which could be implemented by the matrix support. We assessed that this form of organization is important when building mental health actions in the territory.

Health evaluation; Family health; Mental health; Health services; Qualitative research

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