Article of International Journal of Psychology and Health 

PSYCHOSOCIAL STUDY OF PEOPLE WITH LEPROSY

Monteiro M.C.G1; Monteiro T.A.S2; T.L.E3; Neto L.W.M.C.S4; Bezerra D.G5; Teixeira V.P.G6.
1,3Graduanda em Psicologia pela Faculdade Estácio, Maceió – AL; 2Graduando em Psicologia pelo Centro Universitário Cesmac, Maceió - AL; 4Docente na Faculdade Estácio; Psicólogo, Mestre em Educação Brasileira pela Universidade Federal de Alagoas – UFAL; 5Docente na Faculdade Estácio e na Universidade Federal de Alagoas - UFAL; Bióloga Licenciada, Mestre em Morfologia Humana e Doutora em Biologia Humana e Experimental; 6Docente na Faculdade Estácio, Docente na Universidade Federal de Alagoas- UFAL, Doutoranda em Ciências da Saúde pela Universidade Federal de Sergipe – UFS.

Abstract:
Leprosy is a stigmatized disease in different cultures, raising thus further physical, psychological and social suffering. Therefore, treatment for such people to be fully considering such aspects. To promote psychosocial assistance to a group of patients, the Self-Care project and to highlight the importance of this treatment. Through a monthly meeting for a year were performed dynamic and wheels talks to establish therapeutic and interventional moments. The project provided comprehensive assistance to a small sample in a UBS, and found a significant improvement of patients when seen in their various perspectives. Showing no clinical complications or relapses. The study revealed that leprosy also directly affects other aspects that not only physical, such as psychosocial. So, we need to modify the way to combat leprosy starting with the available treatment model, enabling health teams, creating awareness campaigns, prevention and early diagnosis, establishing public policies for social reintegration and income generation, providing educational measures to harass prejudice and quality of life for patients.

Keywords:
Psychosocial Aspects; Leprosy; Psychology

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