[The demedicalisation of women's daily lives: socio-educational groups in the Andalusian Public Health System]

Gac Sanit. Jul-Aug 2019;33(4):398-400. doi: 10.1016/j.gaceta.2018.06.014. Epub 2018 Oct 15.
[Article in Spanish]


The socio-educational groups (GRUSE) are a health and emotional well-being promotion strategy, from an asset-based positive health approach. They principally target women who attend health centres with signs of discomfort with no organic basis finding. The strategy was evaluated through a quasi-experimental longitudinal design, with a mixed methodology. Information was collected from 228 women with a battery of scales and from an analysis of health system databases. Ten in-depth interviews with women were conducted, and 3 discussion groups with professionals. The aim of this article was to introduce the GRUSE strategy as a non-medical alternative intervention and to present the research design, seeking to identify the evidence of this practice implemented in primary health centres of Andalusia (Spain).

Keywords: Evaluación de Programa; Gender; Grupos de mujeres; Género; Health promotion; Programme evaluation; Promoción de Salud; Salutogenesis; Salutogénesis; Women's groups.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living*
  • Databases, Factual
  • Female
  • Gender Identity
  • Health Promotion / methods
  • Humans
  • Medicalization*
  • Medically Unexplained Symptoms*
  • Mental Health
  • Public Health
  • Self-Help Groups*
  • Spain
  • Women's Health