Continuing education and its interfaces with ambulatory care sensitive conditions

Charlene Ester Machado Silva, Denise Barbosa de Castro Friedrich, Beatriz Francisco Farah, Kênia Lara Silva


Objective: to understand the process of continuing education by primary health care nurses and their interfaces with ambulatory care sensitive conditions. Methods: a qualitative study was carried out with 14 nurses from health units. To collect the data, we used semi-structured interviews and the analysis was carried out through dialectical hermeneutics. Results: two categories emerged: Assistance in primary health care and hospital admissions – which pointed out that the major cause of hospitalizations is related to chronic diseases, and that most of them were preventable; Education: a tool to deal with ambulatory care sensitive conditions – where continuing education is recognized as a tool to interfere in the occurrence of these hospitalizations, but the practices carried out are closer to continuing education. Conclusion: nurses have developed educational processes that are closer to continuing education. The relationship between continuing education and ambulatory care sensitive conditions is still incipient.


Primary Health Care; Education, Continuing; Education, Nursing; Hospitalization.

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