SMAD. Revista eletrônica saúde mental álcool e drogas
versão ISSN 1806-6976
HARADA, Olívia Lina e SOARES, Marcos Hirata. The Perception of the Community Health Agent to Identify Depression. SMAD, Rev. Eletrônica Saúde Mental Álcool Drog. (Ed. port.) [online]. 2010, vol.6, n.2, pp. 315-336. ISSN 1806-6976.
Considering that community health agents (CHA) play an important role in detecting depression, the objective of the present study was to evaluate their perception in identifying this disorder. The nine CHA answered a questionnaire with open, self-administered questions. Results analysis resulted in three discussion themes: attitudes and knowledge about mental disorders and depression, preparation in mental health, mental health care and headquarter support. It was concluded that the CHA knowledge is based on collective consensus and that it often becomes deficient in view of the demand, thus calling for a better preparation of those professionals.
Palavras-chave : Depression; Mental Health; Primary Health Care.