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Rev Lat Am Enfermagem. 2013 May-Jun;21(3):655-62. doi: 10.1590/S0104-11692013000300002.

Teaching of the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness strategy in undergraduate nursing programs.

[Article in English, Portuguese, Spanish]

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  • 1Universidade de São Paulo, Escola de Enfermagem, São Paulo, SP, Brasil. efujimor@usp.br



To describe and analyze the teaching of the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) strategy on Brazilian undergraduate nursing programs.


Integrating an international multicentric study, a cross-sectional online survey was conducted between May and October 2010 with 571 undergraduate nursing programs in Brazil


Responses were received from 142 programs, 75% private and 25% public. 64% of them included the IMCI strategy in the theoretical content, and 50% of the programs included IMCI as part of the students' practical experience. The locations most used for practical teaching were primary health care units. The 'treatment' module was taught by the fewest number of programs, and few programs had access to the IMCI instructional manuals. All programs used exams for evaluation, and private institutions were more likely to include class participation as part of the evaluation. Teaching staff in public institutions were more likely to have received training in teaching IMCI.


In spite of the relevance of the IMCI strategy in care of the child, its content is not addressed in all undergraduate programs in Brazil, and many programs do not have access to the IMCI teaching manuals and have not provide training in IMCI to their teaching staff.

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