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SANTOS, Marta Alves  and  SENNA, Mônica de Castro Maia. Education in Health and Social Work: A strategic political instrument in professional practice. Rev. katálysis [online]. 2017, vol.20, n.3, pp.439-447. ISSN 1982-0259.

Education about healthcare is one of the main instruments of the professional work of social assistants in the field of healthcare. It therefore uses ethical-political, theoretical-methodological and technical-operatives, which are dimensions that guide the professional action of social workers and that are essential to a critical understanding of the professional reality and to supporting the intervention of social work. This article raises some elements for the debate about education in health as one of the working instruments of social workers in the field of healthcare. To do so, it addresses the historic trajectory of education in health within Brazilian healthcare policy, highlights the main paradigms that have guided the actions of healthcare in the country and raises some questions for reflection about the ethical-political dimension of education in health as a field of intervention of social workers.

Keywords : Education in health; Social work; Socio-educational actions.

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