|Therapeutic itinerary of people with leprosy: paths, struggles, and challenges in the search for care.|
Lima EO, Silva MRFD, Marinho MNASB, Alencar OM, Pereira TM, Oliveira LC, Anjos SJSBD.
Revista brasileira de enfermagem. 2021; 74(1): e20200532
OBJECTIVES: to understand how the therapeutic itineraries of people affected by leprosy are processed. METHODS: this is a descriptive, qualitative study, conducted in April 2018 in Barao de Grajau in Maranhao, with interviews in the form of narratives of seven patients who had a late leprosy diagnosis. RESULTS: the search for diagnosis is a major difficulty in accessing health services, resulting in a late diagnosis and, consequently, with the presence of visible deformities. It was noticed that the health units do not have a flow, nor protocols for comprehensive treatment, and these people are referred to a referral unit in another state to perform sputum smear microscopy. FINAL CONSIDERATIONS: leprosy control actions need reformulations that seek the relationship between operational activities, epidemiological indicators and risk factors, in accordance with the real needs of each region, thus highlighting the gaps evidenced in the therapeutic itineraries.