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6 Health problems regionalization through the use of virtual cities in a distance education course for primary health care professionals


6 Health problems regionalization through the use of virtual cities in a distance education course for primary health care professionals

Luciana Pinheiro; Maria Eugênia Bresolin Pinto; Rodrigo Tubelo; Vivian Bragança; Fabrício Costa

Background: Brazil, being a country of continental size, has endemic and regionalization diseases occurring naturally. To solve the diversity and bring the contents to reality for the students, at the distance Specialization in Family Health UNASUS/UFCSPA three virtual cities located in different regions of the country fit in the course. The objective is to familiarize the professional with their work environment, through virtual reality.

Summary of Work: From literary workshops and understanding the imitation of reality principles in literature, three virtual cities that fit in the health content were created: Santa Fe, at the south, Muiraquitã, in the Amazon region and São Luis Gonzaga, in the northeast. All have real geographical location, constitution principles suitable to the region, such as geography and population distribution and health units with characters where the contents are acclimatized.

Summary of Results: The use of virtual cities for setting the health contents proved to be a suitable methodology that approached reality faced by professionals in their field of work. The use of different cities allows content regionalization through clinical cases with epidemiological characteristics of each region.

Discussion and Conclusions: The virtual cities proved to be an appropriate teaching resource for the health content setting. There are virtual patients and professionals interacting in an unreal city, but with adequate and relevant problems also really portrayed.

Take-home messages: In distance learning courses in the Primary Health area, virtual reality can be an important learning resource, allowing the creation of regionalized situations, adequately addressing the epidemiological specificities of each region.

Publicado em: Anais de evento/ AMEE 2014.

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