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PASSOS, Eduardo et al. Autonomy and co-management in mental health practice: the autonomous medication management device (AMM). Aletheia [online]. 2013, n.41, pp. 24-38. ISSN 1413-0394.

The present paper discusses the relation of autonomy and co-management on Brazil´s mental health practices following a previous multicenter approach. That approach aimed at translating, adapting, and testing in Brazil the Autonomous Medication Management Guide (AMMG), a Canadian tool directed for people with severe mental disorders. A first version of the AMMG, translated and adapted to the Brazilian context, was applied through Intervention Groups (IGs) of mental health users at each research center. Resulting on a final version of the Brazilian AMMG including modifications discussed in multicenter meetings where researchers, workers, and users of the IGs attended. The AMM strategy has therefore taken the challenge to propose itself as a co-management mental health practice, combining exercise of autonomy, rights and role of the users with the operation and organizational culture of mental health institutions.

Keywords : Mental Health; Autonomy; Co-management.

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