Health regulation: knowledge of Family Health Strategy professionals


  • Márcio Roney Mota Lima
  • Maria Verônica Sales da Silva
  • Jorge Wilker Bezerra Clares
  • Lucilane Maria Sales da Silva
  • Hanna Helen Matos Dourado
  • Adna de Araújo Silva


Knowledge, Health Care Coordination and Monitoring, Health Services Accessibility.


This is a descriptive and qualitative study that aimed to verify the knowledge of nurses, doctors and dentists of the Family Health Strategy in the municipality of Bela Cruz, Ceará, Brazil, about health regulation. Data collection happened from November to December 2008 by applying a questionnaire. Data were organized according to content analysis of Bardin. The results show that the participants have knowledge about the referral flow of patients referred from the primary care to specialized care, the mechanisms used for this purpose, as well as the reference and counter-reference system; they also reported difficulties in the return of patients with the counter-reference form properly filled, thus jeopardizing the continuity of assistance. For these professionals, the regulation is an important management tool for SUS, guaranteeing the right to health.





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Lima, M. R. M., Silva, M. V. S. da, Clares, J. W. B., Silva, L. M. S. da, Dourado, H. H. M., & Silva, A. de A. (2013). Health regulation: knowledge of Family Health Strategy professionals. Rev Rene, 14(1). Retrieved from



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