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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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KEPPLER, Isabel Lopes dos Santos  e  YAMAMOTO, Oswaldo Hajime. Psychologists in Workers' Health Reference Centers. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2016, vol.16, n.1, pp. 48-60. ISSN 1984-6657.

The Workers' Health Reference Centers (CEREST) are an important device created in order to disseminate theoretical and practical contributions from the Workers' Health (WH) field of study.There are currently 210 registered CERESTs in Brazil, with different characteristics and varying degrees of consolidation. In spite of not being part of the minimal staff, the importance of studying the psychologist's role in these centers is understood, considering they were present since the very first experiences in some cities, such as São Paulo and Salvador, in the early 1980s. Thus, the goal of this study is to analyze the service and its political scenario from the perspective of psychologists who work at CERESTs. This is about investigating, beyond the performance of the psychologists, what are the conditions for practice aligned with the WH field. This study is a partial analysis of research in which a national mapping of all psychologists working at CERESTs was made. To do so, an online questionnaire was sent, for which we received 48 responses from a total of 66 contacted psychologists, with representation from all of the geopolitical regions in Brazil. Their present situation was characterized by limits that materialize in everyday issues, such as the lack of vehicles for surveillance activities, and by more structural issues, such as the lack of financial autonomy, for example. Despite these limitations, it's possible to point to some effective changes in strategy, retrieving the principles of the Italian Worker Model in which worker protagonism in health care is fundamental.

Palavras-chave : Role of the psychologist; health; work.

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