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TOMA, Tereza Setsuko. From intuition to the public policies: the journey aimed to the incorporation of the Kangaroo Method (Método Canguru) for the care of low weight newborns. BIS, Bol. Inst. Saúde (Impr.) [online]. 2012, vol.13, n.3, pp. 231-238. ISSN 1518-1812.

In 1979, the “Madre Canguro Program” was initiated in Colombia in order to promote early discharge low birth weight babies, preterm or small for age pregnancy. Since then, this proposal has been incorporated into clinical practice in several countries, and adapted to the medical, social and cultural needs of each community. In Brazil, the Ministry of Health published in 2000 an ordinance with guidelines for its implementation. This article aims to present what has been published on the Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) in the world, with emphasis on the incorporation of this technology. This descriptive review examined summaries of articles published prior to September 10, 2011. The search was conducted in the databases PubMed, SciELO and LILACS. The 262 abstracts of articles analyzed the KMC approach in its various interfaces, including potential benefits, safety, acceptability and implementation experiences of mothers and families. Systematic reviews indicate undeniable benefits of the method for reducing morbidity and mortality of low birth weight newborns. There are different trends in the implementation of the method among countries according to their degree of economic development. A major challenge in our country is the implementation of the KM as recommended in the standard guidance Norma de Orientação para a Implantação do do Método Canguru.

Palavras-chave : Kangaroo Mother Care; Review; Health Technologies Incorporation.

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