Online Program

Epidemiology in Latin American and Caribbean Region: An overview

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 12:35 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Rita Barata, MD, Professor, Collective Health Department, Santa Casa de São Paulo School of Medical Sciences, São Paulo, Brazil
This paper analyzes the status of epidemiological research in Latin America and the Caribbean region. We used various data sources to draw a profile of the subject area in the region. Main guidelines for the study include the analysis of the training programs available (both master and doctorate degrees) for Public Health or specifically for Epidemiology; the existence of public databases containing health data; and funding of research activities.

As markers for institutionalization of the scientific field, we verified the existence of Public Health or Epidemiology scientific associations and of scientific journals dedicated to publishing research carried out in the region, as well as specific characteristics of the journals as to circulation and impact.

Finally, we used different data sources to analyze the scientific production of researchers working on each Country in the region. We used Scientific Journal Ranking (SJR) to assess the number of articles published on Epidemiology journals and the h index, for authors residing in each one of the Countries. We used Web of Science data to assess the number of articles published on Public Health journals and the impact index from 2000 to 2015, as this database provides no information on whether the articles relate specifically to Epidemiology. We also used PUBMED to research articles authored by researchers living in the region that contain the term “epidemiological”, scrutinizing the subject area and design of said articles.

Based on this information we were able to draw a research profile for the region.

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Learning Objectives:
Describe some aspects of the epidemiological research in Latin American and Caribbean Region.

Keyword(s): Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the IEA (international Epidemiological Association) Councilor from Latin American and Caribbean Region, then I am asked to present an overview about the epidemiological research in the region in this especial session. One of our objectives is improving the cooperation between researchers in North America and Latin america and Caribbean region.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.