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SMAD. Revista eletrônica saúde mental álcool e drogas

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GAINO, Loraine Vivian; SOUZA, Jacqueline de; CIRINEU, Cleber Tiago  and  TULIMOSKY, Talissa Daniele. The mental health concept for health professionals: a cross-sectional and qualitative study. SMAD, Rev. Eletrônica Saúde Mental Álcool Drog. (Ed. port.) [online]. 2018, vol.14, n.2, pp. 108-116. ISSN 1806-6976.

OBJECTIVE: this study aims to investigate and compare the concept of mental health for professionals working in different services of the public health network. METHOD: this is a qualitative study, carried out in 2017. Data collection was carried out through semi-structured interviews with 20 professionals of said services in a city in the interior of São Paulo. To analyze the data, the thematic analysis was undertaken. RESULTS: two categories were identified - Integral Perspective and Psychiatric Symptoms and Disease. Most of the participants associated this concept with the notion of well-being, integrality of the human being and social determination of the health-disease process. Some interviewees from the specialist services and the Urgency and Emergency Unit referred to the absence of disease and to the psychiatric symptoms to exemplify the term "mental health". CONCLUSION: these results are related to the health approach adopted by the World Health Organization and by the Brazilian Unified Health System. Strategies to bring professionals from different services together in a network perspective may be essential to broaden this discussion and consolidate a broader perspective of health.

Keywords : Mental Health; Health Personnel; Health Services; Qualitative Research.

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