Emociones, creencias y actitudes del personal asistencial hacia habitantes de calle que usan drogas en Medellín, Colombia

Translated title of the contribution: Emotions, beliefs and attitudes of healthcare workers towards homeless who use drugs in Medellín, Colombia

Maricelly Gómez Vargas, Eliana María Hernández Ramírez, María Jimena Osorio Salazar, Andrés Felipe Tirado Otálvaro, José Silverio Espinal Bedoya, Daniel Ricardo Zaraza Morales, Lucas Dávila Cañas, Luz Merly Saldarriaga Agudelo

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    Abstract

    Objective: To identify some aspects related to the stigma of healthcare workers towards the homeless who consume psychoactive substances. Methodology: To achieve this objective, a qualitative study with a hermeneutic approach and descriptive scope was carried out, through the categorical analysis of transcriptions of recorded speeches from two focus groups comprised of 32 participants, members of the System of Attention to the Homeless Adult in Medellín, Colombia. Systematization and analysis encoding were performed in an Excel ® file, highlighting the presence of categories: "emotions", "beliefs" and "attitudes". Results: Ambivalent contents of the stigma towards this population are frequent in participant's speeches. On the one hand, the frustration about healthcare work, as the main emotion that coincides with the beliefs of distrust and evasive attitudes towards the homeless. On the other hand, the feelings of gratification for the work done and the presence of more protective and forbearing attitudes, but that do not alienate from the moralistic ideal of zero consumption. Conclusion: Recognizing and openly discussing stigma could guide more humanized ways of working with this type of population, as it is showed that the healthcare role does not exempt them from prejudice, stereotype and discrimination.

    Translated title of the contributionEmotions, beliefs and attitudes of healthcare workers towards homeless who use drugs in Medellín, Colombia
    Original languageSpanish
    Article numbere344658
    JournalRevista Facultad Nacional de Salud Publica
    Volume39
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 2022

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