Challenges Faced by Nurses in the Provision of Health Care to Men in Primary Care, Brazil

Anderson Reis de Sousa1, *, Cléa Conceição Leal Borges1, Isabella Félix Meira Araújo1, Éric Santos Almeida1, Edson de Andrade Nhamuave2, Jesús Enrique Patiño Escarcina2, Oscar Javier Vergara Escobar3, Álvaro Pereira1
1 Universidade Federal da Bahia, Nursing school, Bahia, Brazil
2 Pedagogical University of Maputo, Institute of Collective Health - Bahia, Brazil
3 National University of Colombia, Nursing school, Colombia



The provision of primary care to men by nurses has been relevant, but there are challenges to be overcome.


To analyze the challenges faced by Brazilian nurses in the provision of primary care to men.


This was a qualitative descriptive study carried out by including 40 nurses working in the Family Health Strategy of a Basic Health Unit in Northeastern Brazil. Individual in-depth interviews were carried out and analyzed using the Discourse of the Collective Subject (CSD) method, supported by the Praxis Intervention Theory for Nursing in Collective Health – Tipesc.


The challenges faced by nurses in the provision of care to men originate in the academy and are transposed into professional practice, manifesting as limitations in the work process, lack of a specific health agenda, difficulties in raising male adherence, and professional demotivation.


These challenges significantly affect the development and promotion of men’s health, resulting in the maintenance of the indicators of male morbidity and mortality in Brazil.

Keywords: Men’s Health, Nursing, Health Care, Primary Health Care, Tumors, the Brazilian Unified Health System (SUS).

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Identifiers and Pagination:

Year: 2021
Volume: 15
Publisher Item Identifier: EA-TONURSJ-2020-HT1-1875-5

Article History:

Electronic publication date: 11/1/2021
Collection year: 2021

© 2021 de Sousa et al.

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