Access of hypertensive patients to dental care in Primary Health Care in Palmas, TO
Keywords:Dental surgeons, Primary Health Care , systemic arterial hypertension.
Systemic Arterial Hypertension (SAH) is a highly prevalent pathology in the Brazilian population and requires significant efforts from primary healthcare units, serving as the gateway to the Unified Health System (SUS) and providing ongoing care for chronic conditions. As the guiding principle of the Health Care Network (RAS), Primary Health Care (PHC) should provide comprehensive, accessible, and community-oriented health care. The aim of this study was to analyze access to dental care for patients diagnosed with SAH in the Family Health Units in the Krahô territory of Palmas, Tocantins, over the past four years (from 2019 to 2022). This is cross-sectional, observational study with a quantitative approach, whose data were collected from e-SUS reports and a structured, standardized questionnaire administered online to dentists working in the Family Health Strategy (FHS) in the Krahô health territory. In 2022, the coverage of dental care for hypertensive patients in the Krahô territory was 12.8%. Regarding the dentists who provide care in this territory, 100% of them provide care to these patients, 77.8% of them communicate with the attending physician, 100% of them measure blood pressure before treatment, and 66.7% of them report they find easy to provide this type of treatment. However, only 33.3% request complementary exams. Despite the dental professionals being capable of providing dental care to hypertensive patients in the Krahô territory, the coverage of this care is still very low.
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