WORK AND EVALUATION PLAN: A TOOL TO IMPROVE THE PRIMARY CARE FOR MEN IN MARANHÃO - BRAZIL
1 UNASUS/UFMA (BRAZIL)
2 Centro Popular de Cultura e Desenvolvimento - CPCD (BRAZIL)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2014 Proceedings
Publication year: 2014
Conference name: 8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 10-12 March, 2014
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:Through Distance Learning (DL), the Open University of Brazilian National Health System (UNASUS) provides, in partnership with the Federal University of Maranhão (UFMA) and the State Health Department of Maranhão, opportunities to participate in postgraduate, professional improvement and qualification courses, addressed to professionals working in public health care, in order to improve the provision of their services, therefore resulting in quality care to the population. To increasingly promote the production of knowledge and reflection on practices in the area of health, UNASUS/UFMA always pursues to innovate in the application of methodologies and ideas that help its students to perform the best possible use in the courses which they are part. Among the tools used during the courses offered by the institution, particularly one excelled because of its innovative and practical nature: the Work an Evaluation Plan (WEP), created by the educator Tião Rocha. Available in the form of online book, the WEP is a valuable tool that allows the planning and execution of actions to occur concurrently with the evaluation of the results obtained during the implementation of a project. This is where the creativity of this tool is evident: it is organized in a table form and when it is read from left to right shows a plan of action with goals, objects, dimensions, questions, activities and stated indicators. When read in the opposite direction becomes an evaluation plan that determines whether the action took place on the steps provided and if the results were achieved. This method saves time and adds dynamism to plans besides helping to keep the focus for the goals outlined. Based on this idea, UNASUS/UFMA developed six WEP models facing public health, specifically primary care, focusing on different target groups: children, adolescents, women, pregnant women, men and elderly. The use of this tool as an online book has the potential to guide primary health care actions in Maranhão - Brazil, once the professional-students knowledgeable of the its characteristics can apply it in their practice, giving special attention to the priorities of each group. This article aims to analyze minutely the WEP methodological tool, implemented in the Specialization Course in Family Health, offered by UNASUS/UFMA, using the model that focuses on men health, including issues relating to healthy and unhealthy man. In the course of this analysis it is possible to understand how WEP works and how can it be applied to deal with problems encountered in healthcare.
Keywords: Distance Learning, Primary Health Care, Men's Health.