Integrative literature review: access to primary healthcare services

Rev Bras Enferm. 2018 May;71(3):1178-1188. doi: 10.1590/0034-7167-2017-0441.
[Article in Portuguese, English]


Objective: Analyze the scientific production that describes the type of access to primary healthcare services and identify specific populations that have differentiated access to health services.

Method: An integrative review. For study selection, the following databases were used: PubMed, Scopus, Bireme, and Cinahl. The sample included 22 national and international articles.

Results: The results describe the access of specific populations to health services, the access to primary care through health plans and proposed improvements to the access to primary care.

Conclusion: The access to services is a challenge in many countries and some strategies and policies are implemented to solve and improve primary health care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Health Services Accessibility / standards*
  • Humans
  • Primary Health Care / methods*
  • Primary Health Care / standards