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Jornal de Pediatria

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PIZZANI, Luciana; LOPES, Juliana de Fátima; MANZINI, Mariana Gurian  and  MARTINEZ, Claudia Maria Simões. Bibliometric analysis of theses and dissertations on prematurity in the Capes database. J. Pediatr. (Rio J.) [online]. 2012, vol.88, n.6, pp.479-482. ISSN 0021-7557.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0021-75572012000600006.

OBJECTIVES: To perform a bibliometric analysis of theses and dissertations on prematurity in the Capes database from 1987 to 2009. METHODS: This is a descriptive study that used the bibliometric approach for the production of indicators of scientific production. Operationally, the methodology was developed in four steps: 1) construction of the theoretical framework; 2) data collection sourced from the abstracts of theses and dissertations available in the Capes Thesis Database which presented the issue of prematurity in the period 1987 to 2009; 3) organization, processing and construction of bibliometric indicators; 4) analysis and interpretation of results. RESULTS: Increase in the scientific literature on prematurity during the period 1987 to 2009; production is represented mostly by dissertations; the institution that received prominence was the Universidade de São Paulo. The studies are directed toward the low birth weight and very low birth weight preterm newborn, encompassing the social, biological and multifactorial causes of prematurity. CONCLUSIONS: There is a qualified, diverse and substantial scientific literature on prematurity developed in various graduate programs of higher education institutions in Brazil.

Keywords : Premature infant; bibliometrics; scientific publication indicators.

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