Reach of “VAMOS” program in basic healthcare - organizational barriers and facilitators

Rossana Arruda Borges, Camila Tomicki, Fabio Araujo Almeida, Andiara Schwingel, Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, Tânia Rosane Bertoldo Benedetti

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Objective: To investigate the organizational barriers and facilitators to the reach of the “Active Life Health Improvement Program” (or VAMOS) implemented in two Basic Health Units (BHU) in Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Method: An experimental study was carried out, based on the RE-AIM framework ( Barriers and facilitators were identified through a focus group, semi-structured interview and content analysis.

Results: In terms of reach, of the 297 Basic Health Care (BHC) users from the two BHU, 51 elderly people participated, a rate of 17.2%. One notable barrier identified was the lack of support from health teams, while the recommendation of the program by health professionals was found to be a facilitator.

Conclusion: The VAMOS program has the potential to be incorporated as a public policy in the process of health care and promotion in BHC. It is an unprecedented strategy in Brazil, aimed at behavioral change, using a sustainable system, the BHU, which has a considerable population reach.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalRevista Brasileira de Geriatria e Gerontologia
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2019


  • Program Evaluation
  • Health of the Elderly
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Primary Health Care


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