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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: [strategies For Tackling Absenteeism In Dental Appointments In The Family Health Units Of A Large Municipality: Action Research].
Author: Gonçalves, Claudia Ângela
Vazquez, Fabiana de Lima
Ambrosano, Glaucia Maria Bovi
Mialhe, Fábio Luiz
Pereira, Antonio Carlos
Sarracini, Karin Luciana Migliato
Guerra, Luciane Miranda
Cortellazzi, Karine Laura
Abstract: The aim of this study was to analyze the reasons for missed appointments in dental Family Health Units (FHU) and implement strategies to reduce same through action research. This is a study conducted in 12 FHUs in Piracicaba in the State of São Paulo from January, 1 to December, 31 2010. The sample was composed of 385 users of these health units who were interviewed over the phone and asked about the reasons for missing dental appointments, as well as 12 dentists and 12 nurses. Two workshops were staged with professionals: the first to assess the data collected in interviews and develop strategy, and the second for evaluation after 4 months. The primary cause for missed appointments was the opening hours of the units coinciding with the work schedule of the users. Among the strategies suggested were lectures on oral health, ongoing education in team meetings, training of Community Health Agents, participation in therapeutic groups and partnerships between Oral Health Teams and the social infrastructure of the community. The adoption of the single medical record was the strategy proposed by professionals. The strategies implemented led to a 66.6% reduction in missed appointments by the units and the motivating nature of the workshops elicited critical reflection to redirect health practices.
Citation: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva. v. 20, n. 2, p. 449-60, 2015-Feb.
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1590/1413-81232015202.00702014
Date Issue: 2015
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