9º Congreso Mundial de Información en Salud y Bibliotecas

Salvador, Bahia - Brasil, 20 a 23 de septiembre de 2005


4a. Reunión de Coordinación Regional de la BVS

19 y 20 de septiembre de 2005

P66 - Bibliometrics analysis of the investigations has more than enough services of health: a contribution for the definition of politics of investigation

The present work carries out an application of bibliometrics analysis to the scientific production in health service research during the period 1991 - 2000. Production indicators are analyzed such us  collaboration index  among authors and institutions, distribution of articles for author's residence, number of articles and  ranking of topics, contribution of the different databases in the retrieval of articles at world level specifically  of  Latin America countries . Databases used are  LILACS (Latin American Literature and of the Caribbean in Sciences of the Health), PUBMED and MEDLINE (Library of Medicine of EE. UU.) Results are compared and tendencies are described. 
The first analysis of number of articles for a 10 years period  (1991-2000) indicates that from the total of 4.038.026 articles in the Medline database only 19461 (4.8.per thousand) correspond to the Major MeSH Health Services Research or Health Policy and systems research ( HPSR) 
The total HPSR articles increased  221% in this period. And this increase is more evident compared with the total database considering that in 1991 HPSR articles represented the 2.7 per thousand and in 2000 this percentage increased to 7.10.   
This trend is also confirmed in the analysis of the PubMED database (pre-Medline articles into the Medline database). The articles recovered were of 27,066, with an increase of 222% over the 10 year period (from a total of 1441 articles in 1991 to 4038 in 2002). Around 95 of all articles were produced  by only few developed countries.
While in the Lilacs data base that compiles all Latin American countries  only HPSR 239 articles were identified with no increase related to the total  data base.   
By means of this review we conclude that  HPSR publication has very low priority in most developing countries.