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Health services management modalities in the Brazilian Unified National Health System: a narrative review of research production in Public Health (2005-2016)

Ravioli, A.Franco.; Soárez, Pícia.Coelho.De.; Scheffer, Mário.César.

Cadernos de saude publica 34(4): e00114217

2018


ISSN/ISBN: 1678-4464
PMID: 29694537
DOI: 10.1590/0102-311x00114217
Accession: 065186762

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The current study aimed to systematically analyze trends and priorities in the theoretical and conceptual approaches and empirical studies on specific health services management modalities in the Brazilian Unified National Health System. A narrative review of the literature identified, in 33 publications, the location and nature of services, management models, methodological procedures, and study outcomes. The research deals mainly with the models' conceptual and legal characteristics and management practices, in addition to addressing contracts, procurement, human resources, financing, and control mechanisms. In conclusion, the literature is limited and concentrated in the State of São Paulo, showing little theoretical diversity and methodological weaknesses, while it is nonconclusive as to the superiority of one management model over another. New evaluation studies are needed that are capable of comparing different models and assessing their performance and their effects on the quality of health services' provision, the population's health, and the health system's organization.

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