Homeopathy 2012; 101(01): 44-50
DOI: 10.1016/j.homp.2011.07.001
Original Paper
Copyright © The Faculty of Homeopathy 2011

The impact of the medical speciality in primary health-care problem solving in Belo Horizonte, Brazil: homeopaths versus family doctors: a preliminary quantitative study

Giovano Iannotti
1  Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC), Argentina
2  Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade José do Rosário Vellano (Unifenas), Belo Horizonte, Brazil
3  Instituto Mineiro de Homeopatia, Serviço Phýsis de Homeopatia, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
4  Facoltà di Giurisprudenza, Università degli studi di Macerata, Italy
5  Super Liga Chaves de Medicina
Elza M. Melo
6  Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil
7  Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Brazil
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Publication History

Received03 January 2011
revised02 April 2011

accepted05 July 2011

Publication Date:
29 December 2017 (online)

Introduction: This research project examined influence of the doctors’ speciality on primary health care (PHC) problem solving in Belo Horizonte (BH) Brazil, comparing homeopathic with family health doctors (FH), from the management’s and the patients’ viewpoint. In BH, both FH and homeopathic doctors work in PHC. The index of resolvability (IR) is used to compare resolution of problems by doctors.

Methods: The present research compared IR, using official data from the Secretariat of Health and test requests made by the doctors and 482 structured interviews with patients. A total of 217,963 consultations by 14 homeopaths and 67 FH doctors between 1 July 2006 and 30 June 2007 were analysed.

Results: The results show significant differences greater problem resolution by homeopaths compared to FH doctors.

Conclusion: In BH, the medical speciality, homeopathy or FH, has an impact on problem solving, both from the managers’ and the patients’ point of view. Homeopaths request fewer tests and have better IR compared with FH doctors. Specialisation in homeopathy is an independent positive factor in problem solving at PHC level in BH, Brazil.