Access and Accessibility to the Family Health Program in a Small Municipality
AbstractThis study aimed to evaluate the population access/accessibility to the Family Health Program (FHP) in a small municipality. This is an impact assessment with quantitative and qualitative approach, developed from a case study in the Municipality of Taipu/RN, Brazil. Data were collected between July 2011 and January 2012 from 72 users of the FHP who responded to a structured questionnaire. Data were analyzed based on the theoretical framework of the program and through descriptive statistics and content analysis. Strict results point that the program coverage has been expanded but this has not been followed by improved access indicators or by the reduction of barriers to accessibility . There has been a substantial increase in available services, but barriers that prevent the user to access the service needs to be the main goal in order to meet health needs.
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