A case study of social vulnerability: thoughts for the promotion of health

Revista Bioética. 27(3):430-438 DOI 10.1590/1983-80422019273326


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Journal Title: Revista Bioética

ISSN: 1983-8042 (Print); 1983-8034 (Online)

Publisher: Conselho Federal de Medicina

LCC Subject Category: Medicine: Medicine (General): Medical philosophy. Medical ethics

Country of publisher: Brazil

Language of fulltext: English, Portuguese, Spanish

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Lucas França Garcia
Marcelo Picinin Bernuci
Andrea Grano Marques
Sonia Maria Marques Bertolini
Tania Maria Gomes da Silva


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Time From Submission to Publication: 24 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Abstract Health promotion is a set of strategies that aim to improve the quality of life of individuals and populations. Since these strategies are based on social determinants of health, it is important to identify vulnerability issues in order to explore their impact on health care. The present study describes a case study showing the perception of women on poverty as violence and social vulnerability and the impact of the same on health. A qualitative study was performed, based on content analysis. The results are presented in narrative form and address: 1) poverty as social vulnerability; 2) poverty and perceptions of violence; 3) poverty and associated health outcomes. We found that poverty was a central question of social vulnerability which can be a determinant for women’s lives. It is therefore important to consider subjectivities regarding violence and social vulnerability on populations living in poverty when designing health promotion policies. Aprovação CEP-UniCesumar CAAE 72243617.7.0000.5539