Public health research work in Latin America and the Caribbean: A bibliometric analysis of the literature (1980-2005)

Macías-Chapula, C.A. and Mendoza-Guerrero, J.A. and Rodea-Castro, I.P. and Gutiérrez-Carrasco, A. and Juárez-Sánchez, E. Public health research work in Latin America and the Caribbean: A bibliometric analysis of the literature (1980-2005)., 2006 . In 11th Congress on Public Health and 8th Brazilian Congress on Collective Health, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), August 21-25, 2006.. (Unpublished) [Conference poster]

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Few studies have been conducted on the analysis of outcome indicators related to public health research work, as conducted in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) regions. These indicators can help policy decision makers, researchers and managers, among others, to improve existing research lines, design public health programmes, and allocate resources accordingly. The purpose of this work is to present the results of a research in progress on the patterns of scientific communication on public health research work in LAC, as found from the documents published in the field and retrieved from international bibliographic databases. Method. A bibliometric approach was used to identify the documents indexed under public health and the LAC, for the period 1980-2005, both in LILACS (Latin American and Caribbean Literature in the Health Sciences) and MEDLINE. A selection of the top eight countries with major production was identified. Data was further analysed to establish the type of documents produced, authorship, language of publication, and the subject content of the production. For the purpose of this paper only the articles published in scientific journals were analysed so as to compare the database coverage; i.e., local or mainstream visibility of the production on public health research work in LAC. Bibexcell 2001 and Refworks2005 were used to establish data rank distributions and clusters linked to a particular subject content, institutional affiliation, language of publication and authorship. Results. The paper presents the results of this analysis and the implications derived from the study.

Item type: Conference poster
Keywords: Public Health researh; Latin America and the Caribbean; bibliometrics; scientific production; MEDLINE; LILACS-SP
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BB. Bibliometric methods
Depositing user: PhD Jose Antonio Mendoza-Guerrero
Date deposited: 24 Oct 2006
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:04

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