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Community of Practice: occupational therapy practice in primary care services focused on mental health care

Grant number: 17/03195-8
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: March 01, 2018 - February 29, 2020
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
Principal researcher:Taís Quevedo Marcolino
Grantee:Taís Quevedo Marcolino
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers: Elizabeth Anne Kinsella ; Sabrina Helena Ferigato ; Sandra Maria Galheigo


The Brazilian Mental Health Policy is community-based, strengthening Primary Health Care (PHC) - recent context of occupational therapy insertion, nationally and internationally. It demands changing the paradigm, for which human resources training are seen as a challenge. In order to overcome it, the bet relies on Permanent Education in Health, with collaborative and critical-reflexive formative practices, sustained on the analysis of experiences in its context, through reflection on practice, impelling professionals to evaluate their actions and redefine their meanings, as proposed by Community of Practice and Identity (CoP). This project will implement the fourth stage of an ongoing collaborative action research, in progress since 2013, organized in a CoP, with the participation of six occupational therapists working on PHC, from São Carlos, SP. The CoP operates in face-to-face meetings (18 to date), recorded in audio and transcripts, which enable continuous and collaborative data analysis (through non-dialectical tools, such as group chronicles) and thematic analysis, revealing meanings expressed in group conversations. The objectives of this research project are: to describe and evaluate the impact of participation on this project in mental health care actions; to describe and evaluate the formative-investigative process on a CoP; to deepen the results obtained discussions in an international perspective, in a Brazil-Canada partnership. This type of study adresses the need to investigate the production of occupational therapy interventions in Brazil, in order to construct dialogues with the international production, instead of its unidirectional consumption. (AU)

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MARCOLINO, TAIS Q.; KINSELLA, ELIZABETH A.; ARAUJO, ANGELICA DA S.; FANTINATTI, ELIANE N.; TAKAYAMA, GABRIELA M.; VIEIRA, NATALIA M. U.; PEREIRA, ANA J. A. T.; GOMES, LAYSLA D.; GALHEIGO, SANDRA M.; FERIGATO, SABRINA H. A Community of Practice of primary health care occupational therapists: Advancing practice-based knowledge. AUSTRALIAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY JOURNAL, AUG 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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