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      Does Brazil's Decentralized System Improve Primary Care with the Family Health Program?

      Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention

      Journal of Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention

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          The health sector in Brazil has undergone important changes, particularly with the development of the Sistema Único de Saúde or Unified Health System (SUS). Decentralization is an important principle of SUS and advances have been made in transferring responsibilities and resources to the local government units, known as municipios. The decentralized SUS system has fostered progress in several aspects and areas of healthcare system, especially with the implementation of the Family Health Program (PSF). With the implementation and growth of the decentralized program, The Family Health Program (PSF) has resulted in substantial benefits to the healthcare system, but research shows it does not necessarily improve the primary care services delivered in Brazil.

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          Journal
          Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention
          CSWHI
          Journal of Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention
          2222386X
          20769741
          December 31 2016
          December 31 2016
          : 7
          : 4
          : 41-45
          Affiliations
          [1 ]College of Health and Public Affairs, University of Central Florida, 12805 Pegasus Drive, Orlando, FL 32816-2200
          Article
          10.22359/cswhi_7_4_06
          © 2016

          Psychology, Social & Behavioral Sciences

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