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Revista Polis e Psique

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SZAPIRO, Ana Maria  and  SOUZA, Leonardo Pereira de. Prescription and care in the context of the chronic condition. Rev. Polis Psique [online]. 2019, vol.9, n.3, pp.171-189. ISSN 2238-152X.

Chronic illness is currently a problem of enormous relevance for public health policies. This article reports an investigation carried out with physicians of a specialized service in the care of people with chronic conditions of illness in a public hospital in Rio de Janeiro. Based on the concepts of Canguilhem on health and illness, five physicians of this specialized service were interviewed in order to analyze the therapeutic projects focused on the conditions of chronicity. In the interviewees' speech the reference to different orders of difficulties observed by them in the universe of the patients attended is highlighted. Difficulties of adherence to treatment caused by anguish in the absence of the prospect of cure, few resources for access to a healthy diet and even for the locomotion to the hospital, make it impossible, according to the interviewees, to take care of the normative work of a body affected by a chronic disease.

Keywords : Prescription; Care; Health; chronic condition.

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