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SMAD. Revista eletrônica saúde mental álcool e drogas

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CARVALHO, Marcos Danúbio Alves de; HELDER OLIVEIRA E, Silva  and  LEILA VIEIRA, Rodrigues. Epidemiological profile of users of the municipal Mental Health Care Network of Iguatu, Ceará, Brazil. SMAD, Rev. Eletrônica Saúde Mental Álcool Drog. (Ed. port.) [online]. 2010, vol.6, n.2, pp. 337-349. ISSN 1806-6976.

This article presents the epidemiological profile of users of the municipal mental health care network of Iguatu, Ceará state, Brazil. This is a descriptive study using a quantitative approach. Evaluations were performed on the medical records of 143 users enrolled and attended at the three Psychosocial Care Centers (CAPS) in Iguatu. It was found that most users seek the service encouraged by their families, they have low education levels and an average income ranging between 1 and 2 minimum salaries. It is concluded that the evaluated services need to strengthen the practice of the extended clinic, making collective actions more intensive, reducing medicalization and effectively integrating users with their support networks.

Keywords : Mental Health; Epidemiology; Health Services.

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