Helena Barreto Arueira

Biographical note

Graduated in MEDICINE at Universidade Federal Fluminense (1995). She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and is postgraduate in Intensive Care, both from Santa Casa de Misericórdia do Rio de Janeiro. She holds a specialist title in Intensive Care Medicine, from the Brazilian Association of Intensive Care Medicine, in Family and Community Medicine, from the Brazilian Society of Medicine of Family and Community, and in Internal Medicine, from the Regional Council of Medicine of the State of Rio de Janeiro. She worked from 2000 to 2009 in the Family Medicine Program of Niterói, mainly in the area of health promotion and prevention of new diseases and in which she worked in educational activities, such as monthly groups of hypertensive patients, in which the main diseases to adult health were discussed. She actively participated in the Research Project entitled “CAMELIA” at the Fluminense Federal University (UFF) in agreement with the Municipal Health Foundation of Niterói. She has a master’s degree in Cardiovascular Sciences from UFF. She is currently a family physician in the Family Health Program of Armação dos Búzios – RJ and is pursuing her PhD in Education at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, in Lisbon – Portugal.

Areas of academic and scientific interest

  • Education Sciences and Health Sciences
  • Health Education

PhD project

Health Education: Anti-smoking group as a strategy to promote the Quality of Life of smokers, inserted in the Family Health Strategy in Búzios, Brazil.
Doctorate Professor Sandra Marques Queiroz

Smoking is a disease that can affect the smoker’s Quality of Life, however, it is notorious that quitting smoking is a process of great complexity. Based on the articulation of education and health, this research aims to understand to what extent the activities of Health Education, developed by the anti-smoking groups of the Family Health Strategy, under the junction of the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change and the cognitive-behavioral approach with the Freirean dialogical model, contribute to the improvement of Quality of Life, in the absence of specific pharmacotherapy. A qualitative and quantitative, longitudinal and quasi-experimental study is proposed, in which quantitatively formulas will be used to calculate the smoking load, and questionnaires on quality of life and nicotine dependence will be used. A triangulated approach will be used, using semi-structured interviews and ‘life history’ reports. The participants will be allocated according to the use or not of specific pharmacotherapy. The analysis of the questionnaires will be based on statistical data, and of the interviews and life stories, on content analysis. The aim is to evidence the impact of educational activities on smokers’ Quality of Life, aiming to encourage them to quit smoking.