Article of American Journal of Chronic Diseases 

To analyze the Health Care Network for the people affected by leprosy and its interfaces with the care management

Silva, N.L.B1; Santos, R.F.S2; Nascimento, R.D.3; Santos, D.C.M4
1Enfermeira Residente em Saúde da Família – UFPE/CAV; 2Enfermeira Mestranda em Engenharia Biomédica – UFPE, 3,4Docente da Faculdade de Enfermagem Nossa Senhora das Graças - FENSG/UPE

Abstract:
The Management of healthcare in the context of leprosy must take place across nets of attention to SUS (Unique System of Health). Considering the disabling potential of leprosy, should also ensure Specialized Care in outpatient reference units and hospital, whenever necessary. To analyze the Health Care Network for the people affected by leprosy and its interfaces with the care management. Qualitative research with hermeneutic nature and critical and reflective approach. The data was collected through semi-structured interviews with 03 managers and 17 Health Workers in the Sanitary District (DS) III and VII in Recife City. It was observedthat lack of understanding in the concept of networks as well as its constitution. There were disagreements between the professionals in relation to the perception of the difficulties found the in the Care Network to leprosy. However, the instant guarantee of the medicines was positive factorbased on the presented report. Understands the importance of the need of discussions about the concept and functionality of the Health Care Network, as well as training to develop early diagnosis to the disease. It stands also the importance of more investments in the development and strengthening of the network.

Keywords:
Care Networks; Leprosy; Primary Care

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