Work Process in Primary Health Care: action research with Community Health Workers.


The aim of this article was to describe and analyze the work of community health workers (CHW). The main objective of study was to analyze the development process of primary health care practices related to drug consumption. The study is based on the Marxist theoretical orientation and the action research methodology, which resulted in the performance of 15 emancipatory workshops. The category work process spawned the content analysis. It exposed the social abandonment of the environment in which the CHWs work is performed. The latter had an essential impact on the identification of the causes of drug-related problems. These findings made it possible to criticize the reiterative, stressful actions that are being undertaken there. Such an act resulted in raising of the awareness and creating the means for political action. The CHWs motivated themselves to recognize the object of the work process in primary health care, which they found to be the disease or addiction in the case of drug users. They have criticized this categorization as well as discussed the social division of work and the work itself whilst recognizing themselves as mere instruments in the work process. The latter has inspired the CHW to become subjects, or co-producers of transformations of social needs.

DOI: 10.1590/1413-812320152011.10332014

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@article{Cordeiro2015WorkPI, title={Work Process in Primary Health Care: action research with Community Health Workers.}, author={Luciana Meneghel Cordeiro and C{\'a}ssia Baldini Soares}, journal={Ciencia & saude coletiva}, year={2015}, volume={20 11}, pages={3581-8} }