Analysis of suffering at work in Family Health Support Centers

  • Débora Dupas Gonçalves do Nascimento Fundação Oswaldo Cruz
  • Maria Amélia de Campos Oliveira Universidade de São Paulo; Escola de Enfermagem; Departamento de Enfermagem em Saúde Coletiva
Keywords: Family Health Strategy, Health Personnel, Work, Psychological Stress, Quality of Life


OBJECTIVE Analyzing the work process in the Family Health Support Center. METHOD An exploratory, descriptive case study using a qualitative approach. Focus groups were conducted with 20 workers of a Family Health Support Center, and the empirical material was subjected to content analysis technique and analyzed in light of Work Psychodynamics. RESULTS The category of suffering is presented herein as arising from the dialectical contradiction between actual work and prescribed work, from resistance to the Family Health Support Center's proposal and a lack of understanding of their role; due to an immediatist and curative culture of the users and the Family Health Strategy; of the profile, overload and identification with work. CONCLUSION The dialectical contradiction between expectations from Family Health Strategy teams and the work in the Family Health Support Center compromises its execution and creates suffering for workers.


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Nascimento, D., & Oliveira, M. (2016). Analysis of suffering at work in Family Health Support Centers. Revista Da Escola De Enfermagem Da USP, 50(5), 846-852.
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