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Journal of Human Growth and Development

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REIS, Alberto Olavo Advincula et al. Patients records, what are they used for?: representation of capsis´ team coordinators about the value and use of patients records. Rev. bras. crescimento desenvolv. hum. [online]. 2009, vol.19, n.3, pp. 383-392. ISSN 0104-1282.

INTRODUCTION: the article aims to understand how the coordinators of Psychosocial Care Centres for Children and Adolescents (CAPSi) from the state of São Paulo perceive the value and use of patients records. Nowadays, patients records obey clear ethical principles. There are several studies that collect data from patients records and others proposed to provide their improvement, because they are considered important tools in health system. However, it is important to ask if these tools are valuable and if their use is perceived by mental health teams in their everyday practices. The article describes and analyses the perception of CAPSi´s coordinators about the use of records for teams and patients. METHOD: One coordinator from each of the 19 CAPSi from the state of São Paulo were interviewed. The answers were analysed according to the classic procedures of content analysis. RESULTS: the records are perceived as valuable work tools and they are considered important as intervention and clinical follow-up tools. Their relevance is also related as a tool that makes the articulation and communication among workers from CAPSi possible. On the other hand, the use they should have for patients is not perceived. The contradiction between levels of importance of the tool for workers and patients may point to the importance of a discussion about the mental health clinic practiced in CAPSi.

Keywords : CAPSi; patients records; children [adolescent]; mental health.

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