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Revista de Salud Pública

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Abstract

DOS SANTOS CRUZ, Joanderson; DE ALMEIDA, Patty Fidelis; FIGUEREDO, Ariádina H.  and  DOS SANTOS, Adriano Maia. Assessment of access to the Family Health Strategy from the perspective of users in Santo Antônio de Jesus-Bahia, Brazil. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2017, vol.19, n.5, pp.641-648. ISSN 0124-0064.  http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/rsap.v19n5.49356.

Objective

To assess access to the Family Health Strategy (FHS) in Santo Antônio de Jesus - Brazil from the perspective of its users.

Methods

Cross-sectional study conducted with a representative sample of users registered by 21 family healthcare teams of the municipality, for a total of 430 questionnaires. A family-based survey was applied between December 2012 and January 2013. Indicators considered as the most powerful to evaluate access were selected and, subsequently, divided into two dimensions: knowledge and evaluation of the Family Health Strategy Program from the perspective of its users.

Results

The results point to decreasing barriers and increasing access to healthcare services, as well as to a greater organization of enrollment in the system. Changes observed after the implementation of the FHS in the districts are evident in the overall satisfaction with the primary health care service, which legitimizes the organization of the health system based on primary comprehensive care.

Keywords : Health services accessibility; primary health care; health evaluation (source: MeSH, NLM).

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