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How Brazilian therapeutic communities are facing COVID-19?

Pablo Kurlander (Eureka Educando, Curitiba, Brazil)
Antony Tomaz Diniz (FEBRACT, Campinas, Brazil)
Guilherme Godoy (FEBRACT, Campinas, Brazil)
Katia Isicawa de Sousa Barreto (Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Lewis MacDonald-Winship (Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Nottingham, UK)

Therapeutic Communities: The International Journal of Therapeutic Communities

ISSN: 0964-1866

Article publication date: 11 April 2021

Issue publication date: 3 May 2021




This paper aims to reflect upon the findings of a fast-track study carried out in April 2020, by the Brazilian Federation of Therapeutic Communities, focused on the impact of the first measures taken by the Brazilian therapeutic communities (TCs) in response to COVID-19.


An electronic survey was disseminated to TCs in the different regions of Brazil through online platforms. A total of 144 TCs responses were used in the final analysis. The survey collected the following information: suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 (only one case of COVID-19 was confirmed), changes in treatment protocols, the impact in admissions and daily activities and the safety measures adopted to stop or reduce the transmission between residents, families and staff.


The survey successfully collected general data regarding interruptions (82.6% of TCs interrupted admissions, 100% of TCs interrupted volunteer’s activities, 94% of TCs interrupted family visits and 93% of TCs interrupted external activities).

Research limitations/implications

The caveat of this study is the fact that there were tight deadlines for the TCs to generate their responses and the limited availability of staff to answer long surveys. Because of this, the study could not explore other important qualitative data. The results were shared in Brazil and Latin America with the staff of TCs, the national Federations of Therapeutic Communities and government agencies linked with them, in all Latin America.


This research aims to contribute to the adoption of developed prophylaxis and prevention protocols in response to COVID-19.



Kurlander, P., Diniz, A.T., Godoy, G., Barreto, K.I.d.S. and MacDonald-Winship, L. (2021), "How Brazilian therapeutic communities are facing COVID-19?", Therapeutic Communities: The International Journal of Therapeutic Communities, Vol. 42 No. 1, pp. 59-67.



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