Ana Emilia Figueiredo de Oliveira is a dentist, specialized in Dental Radiology, Endodontics, Management of Health Systems and Services. She holds a Master’s and a Doctorate in Dental Radiology, Postdoctoral/Visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill, USA. She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Dentistry at the Federal University of Maranhão (UFMA) and at the Postgraduate Programs in Dentistry (UFMA) and in Elderly and Child Health (UFMA). She coordinates the UNA-SUS/UFMA and PROVAB/UFMA. She is President of ABTms (Brazilian Association of Telemedicine and Telehealth). She is the leader of SAITE Research Group – Technology and Innovation in Health Education (CNPq /UFMA). As a researcher, she acts mainly in the following themes: Technology and Innovation in Health Education, Impact of oral amendments on women’s health, Imagiology, Primary Health Care, Applications for mobile devices, Management and Educational Monitoring Systems, Open innovation.
In Brazil, there is a model of public health assistance that puts Primary Care (PHC) as one of the most important pillars for the maintenance of positive health indexes. It serves as a gateway to health services, based on the idea of decentralization and community bonding. To this end, PHC must have qualified professionals trained not only to enter the communities along the extensive Brazilian territory, but also to know the profile of their members. It is known, however, that health undergraduation courses are not always able to address the full complexity of public health services, so practitioners need to prepare if they want to work in this sector after undergraduation. Recognizing this reality, Brazilian government created the Open University of Brazilian National Health System (UNA-SUS), to meet the great demand of health professionals who join the public health service and need continuous training to serve better the population. UNA-SUS operates throughout Brazil in partnership with public universities in each state, offering specialization, improvement and training courses in the e-Learning modality. One of the focuses of UNA-SUS is to improve the services provided within the scope of PHC, by means of permanent preparation of the professionals that compose it. Among these professionals, the nurses excel for being essential members in PHC teams all over the country. For this reason, many courses offered by UNA-SUS are aimed at these professionals. The UNA-SUS that operates in the state of Maranhão, Brazilian northeastern, is currently developing one of them. It is the course "Women's Health in Primary Care: Clinical Protocol for Nursing", which has as educational objective to get nurses to understand the process of health care for women in PHC, concerning the following topics: low risk prenatal care; puerperium; promotion of breastfeeding; sexual and reproductive health; sexual and/or domestic/interfamily violence; gynecological care; climacteric; prevention of cervical and breast cancers. The course will be offered in a self-instructional way with certification, and its production process is based on the following logic: elaboration of course design; training of content team; didactic-pedagogical planning; elaboration of texts and evaluation items; technical validation of texts and evaluative items; pedagogical validation of texts and evaluative items; textual review; normalization; implementation of instructional design of interactive multimedia books; graphic design of interactive multimedia books; programming books in Virtual Learning Environment (VLE); validation of interactive multimedia books. To explore the creation process of an e-Learning self-instructional course, aiming at the continuing training of nurses working at the PHC, will be useful to foster debates on the subject. Furthermore, it might help in the establishment of parameters for the development of this type of educational resource and assist in the assessment of courses and didactic materials of this nature, considering their contribution to the improvement of nursing workforce.