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Revista Psicologia e Saúde

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GUIMARAES, Ana Carolina Ametlla et al. Community health agents and work with drug users: possible obstacles and outcomes. Rev. Psicol. Saúde [online]. 2021, vol.13, n.3, pp. 89-98. ISSN 2177-093X.

INTRODUCTION: In the Family Health Strategy (FHS), the work of the Community Health Agent (CHA) is the starting point for anchoring health actions aimed at the community. OBJECTIVE: to comprehend the understanding of the CHA in relation to addressing the theme of drugs in the territory in which they operate. Methods: Qualitative study, carried out with 6 CHA from an FHS Unit Team. The sample was defined by exhaustion. Interviews were carried out, later transcribed and organized according to the Collective Subject Discourse. RESULTS: Obstacles and misunderstandings were evidenced in the work process of the CHA in handling the demands related to the use of alcohol and drugs. CONCLUSION: The perception of CHAs on the theme of drug use in the daily routine of the health service is cautious and restricted. Even with the identification of this as a territory problem, their interventions occur through voluntary manifestation of the user, once he seeks the health service.

Keywords : family health strategy; community health agents; alcohol and/or other drugs.

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