Brazilian Nurses' Perception of the Role of Community Health Agents in Preventive Care

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Abstract

Executive Summary

▸ The Family Health Program within Brazil's Unified Health System is known for its success in health promotion and preventive care. It incorporates community health agents (CHAs) as an integral part of the healthcare team. Brazilian nurses work in close collaboration with these agents.

Executive Summary

▸ To gain knowledge of Brazilian nurses' perception of the role of the CHA in preventive care, a quantitative nonexperimental survey of Brazilian nurses' perception of the role was conducted.

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▸ Findings show the majority of Brazilian nurses surveyed perceived CHAs as beneficial to nurses and effective in promoting preventive care.

Executive Summary

▸ Knowledge gained from this project can be translated into the United States for nurse leaders and policymakers to expand the role of communitybased preventive healthcare workers.

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