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Revista Polis e Psique

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SIVINSKI, Tamires da Cunha  and  SCHENKEL, Júlia Monteiro. Research-Intervention in Mental Health: Balancing Health Networks. Rev. Polis Psique [online]. 2018, vol.8, n.1, pp. 52-71. ISSN 2238-152X.

The implementation of health services networks by the Brazilian Health System has faced many challenges, among which we highlight the institution of integrated care. As a contribution to this debate, we propose to discuss how Brazilian national public health system (SUS) users navigate the Psychosocial Care Network. We present the results of a participative research-intervention conducted from 2014 to 2016 in the metropolitan region of Porto Alegre, Brazil, with users, workers and managers linked to the Psychosocial Care Network that closely follows mental health practices in basic care. Questions from users on norms for referrals and the possibility of securing services were the axes of reflection of this article. Using primary care as a bench mark, we conclude that the constitution of an integrated and harmonised Psychosocial Care Network would require the revision of agreements and relations in order to achieve affective and effective integrated care.

Keywords : Integrated Care; Health Networks; Primary Health Care; Mental Health.

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