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SCATOLIN, Beatriz Estuque et al. Active case finding: community health workers' activity related to tuberculosis control in a large city, brazil. Texto contexto - enferm. [online]. 2014, vol.23, n.2, pp.261-269. ISSN 0104-0707.

This study analyzed the Community Health Workers' activity in active case finding in Ribeirão Preto-SP. Cross sectional study, conducted in 2009-2010, with the use of a structured form, which was applied to 105 Community Health Workers and research of secondary data. Indicators were created based on the variable means that used the Likert scale for the answers, being dissatisfactory (scores 1 and 2), regular (3) and satisfactory (4 and 5). Deficiencies in the activity of the Community Workers in the active case finding were identified (mean=3.0), in the discussion with the community about the tuberculosis (mean=1.5) and in the establishment of partnership in the region for the active case finding (mean=1.9). Only 6% of the expected respiratory symptoms in the areas where the units of the participants are located were examined. The results reinforced the need for nursing supervision, a new work logic, with advances in the intersectional articulation, aimed at increasing the detection of tuberculosis cases.

Keywords : Community health workers; Epidemiological surveillance; Tuberculosis; Nursing.

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