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The Editorial in the September 2014 issue is an Editors' Choice, written by our editor Enirtes Caetano Prates Melo. The theme is literally vital: (Un)safe care: experiences and results in primary care. The Editorial's commentated systematic review emphasizes the seriousness of harm to health resulting from unsafe care and discusses a new approach to patient safety assessment in primary care. The author further highlights the huge difficulties in assessing the effect of various factors, given the different approaches adopted by studies. As Enirtes states, the article raises questions "that involve the complexity of care in terms of both the group's composition and the specific context. Which incidents are most common? What proportion of incidents involving harm can be explained by differences in risk distribution and the severity of the patient's disease (composition)? What is the contribution of the institutional context (availability of supplies, workload, staff shortage, infrastructure, treatment protocols)?" (p. 1809).

Two articles establish a dialogue with this review: one on perceptions by pregnant and childbearing-age women concerning teratogenic risk from medicines and radiotherapy, and the other on potential drug-drug interactions in antihypertensive medication.

The Perspectives section features an article on the Executive Order that established Brazil's National Policy on Social Participation, from the point of view of its impacts on health: "...the recent enactment of the Executive Order represents an important step for strengthening old and new spaces for collective discussion, no longer only for health policies, but now also in other public policy areas that have a close interface with health" (p. 2-3).

Abortion and its serious consequences, highly visible in the Brazilian press in recent weeks, are discussed in this issue of CSP through a proposal for a questionnaire for health services users that focuses on quality of care assessment. It is necessary to increase knowledge on all aspects of this crucial issue.

As usual, this issue of CSP features a wide variety of themes, as wide as the variety in Collective Health itself.

Enjoy the reading!




The journal
Cadernos de Saúde Pública

Cadernos de Saúde Pública/Reports in Public Health (CSP) is a monthly journal published by the National School of Public Health, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil. The journal publishes original articles in the field of Public Health, including epidemiology, nutrition, health planning, vector ecology and control, environmental health, and social sciences in health, among other related fields (for more details, see instructions to authors). All articles are carefully reviewed by the CSP editorial staff, organized on the basis of the peer review system.

CSP is currently one of the main sources of information in Latin America on the Public Health scientific field. The journal’s periodicity and regularity, combined with the quality of its graphics and careful selection of articles, have ensured its broad dissemination in both the academic and scientific community and health services, both in Brazil and abroad. Aimed at expanding the potential for disseminating the articles published in the journal, CSP is listed in the main international literature indexes, and the articles are also available online through the SciELO project (Scientific Electronic Library Online).

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