ACCESS VERSUS CARE CONTINUITY IN HEALTH NETWORK SERVICES: EXPERIENCING POSSIBILITIES AND CONTRADICTIONS

ACCESO VERSUS CONTINUIDAD DE LA ATENCIÓN EN LOS SERVICIOS DE LA RED DE SALUD: EXPERIMENTANDO POSIBILIDADES Y CONTRADICCIONES

Fernanda Catafesta Utzumi Elizabeth Bernardino Maria Ribeiro Lacerda Jose Luis Guedes dos Santos Aida Maris Peres Selma Regina De Andrade About the authors

ABSTRACT

Objective:

to understand the meaning of access to health services with a view to care continuity in the care network for users and professionals.

Method:

qualitative research, which used the methodological steps of Grounded Theory, carried out from November 2015 to April 2017. The theoretical sampling was obtained with 33 participants from a hospital institution and a Family Health Strategy unit. The participants were organized into three sample groups according to circular and continuous orientation of data collection and Grounded Theory analysis. The analysis was conducted according to the guidelines of the methodological framework which was composed of the open, axial and integrative coding phases.

Results:

four central concepts emerged from the data that demonstrate how participants experience access with a view to care continuity. These range from the first contact with the health network, through limitations and alternatives found to achieve perspectives to the care continuity in health actions and services.

Conclusion:

possibilities and contradictions were identified in the experience of care, with regard to access to health services and actions for the continuity of care, understanding them as feasible in health services, but divergent from the ideal advocated by the literature on the theme, as well as by the norms and prerogatives in force in the Unified Health System.

DESCRIPTORS:
Continuity of patient care; Comprehensive health care; Data-based theory; Symbolic interactionism; Nursing care

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