Potentialities in integral care: uterine cervical cancer prevention according to the users of the family health strategy

This study aimed to analyze the integral care in the uterine cervical cancer prevention practices in the conception of users of the Family Health Strategy through an exploratory and descriptive research with a qualitative approach. A total of 14 users who performed the Pap smear in December 2002 in four Family Health Units affiliated to Higher Education institutions were selected for the study. Data were collected between April and June 2003. We found that the users analyze and assess the praxis by issuing a value judgment about the care they receive, mainly in terms of light (relational) technologies. Concluding, humanized practices provided by professional/team favor integral care, strengthening the bond between users and health services, as well as health promotion.

comprehensive health care; vaginal smears; family health

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