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Salud & Sociedad: investigaciones en psicologia de la salud y psicologia social

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JUAREZ, María Paula  and  SAFORCADA, Enrique. The problem of psychosociocultural barrier interposed between health professionals and consultants from structural poor contexts. Reflections on a complex issue. Salud & Sociedad [online]. 2013, vol.4, n.3, pp.210-227. ISSN 0718-7475.

The article analyzes the dynamics of the process by which the psycho-socio-cultural barrier between pediatricians and patient mothers living in poor structural contexts is generated and sustained. It delves into the concept and structure of the psychosocio- cultural barrier; it analyzes inter-subjective (pediatrician/mother) behaviors and the resulting affective-emotional reactions which activate this barrier. This process is linked with the concept of extension in the pedagogy of Paulo Freire and reflects the importance of the university education of health professionals, both undergraduate and graduate, as the main factor in the formation and maintenance of this obstacle which has a strong impact on the effectiveness and efficiency of state investment in the health sector. It emphasizes the need for curricular changes in medical training as a means encouraging the formation of professionals with culturally relevant, conversational and sociable profiles, which in turn would lead to the cancelling of the processes and dynamics which impede useful action in medicine.

Keywords : Psycho-socio-cultural barrier; patient mothers; poor structural contexts; medical education.

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