PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT AND KNOWLEDGE GAPS CONCERNING CHAGAS DISEASE IN INTERRUPTED VECTOR-BORNE TRANSMISSION AREA

Renata Cappellazzo Colosio, Ana Lúcia Falavigna-Guilherme, Dina Lúcia Morais Falavigna, Mônica Lúcia Gomes, Divina Seila de Oliveira Marques, Caroline Felício Braga, Eliane Raquel Peres Lala, Silvana Marques de Araújo

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Aiming to verify gaps in the conduct and knowledge of health professionals concerning Chagas disease in Maringá and Paiçandu, Paraná State, Brazil, from September/2004 to July/2005. The participants were chosen by systematic sampling. A total of 487 professionals, consisting of 75 physicians, 75 nurses, 150 nursing assistants and 187 community health agents (CHA), were interviewed using two semi-structured questionnaires, one created for the physicians and another for the nurses, nursing assistants and health agents. A considerable percentage of professionals from all categories demonstrated doubts about treatment, mechanisms of transmission, recognition of the triatomines and the sending of official notification of the presence of insects, tests for diagnosis confirmation, etiologic treatment, and the prognosis of the disease. Doubts arose more frequently among the CHA, who are the main link between patients and basic health units. In order to maintain the current state of disease control and provide appropriate treatment for those already infected by Trypanosoma cruzi, it is necessary to invest in epidemiological surveillance, education and to have duly capable and qualified health professionals.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.25110/arqsaude.v14i1.2010.3397