Revista de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1518-8787
GUIMARAES, Reinaldo; LOURENCO, Ricardo and COSAC, Silvana. Epidemiological research in Brazil. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2001, vol.35, n.4, pp.321-340. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89102001000400001.
The current epidemiological research in Brazil is described. Secondary data sources were consulted, such as the year 2000 database of the Brazilian Directory of Research Groups and the National Board of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). The criterion to identify a group as a research one relies on the existence of at least one research line in the field of epidemiology, as defined by the group leader. After identifying the defined universe of epidemiological research, which included 176 groups and 320 different research lines, the following issues were presented and discussed: the relationships between research financing and health research, focusing on CAPES (Coordination Center for the Advance of University Professionals) graduation programs, public health research and epidemiological research, geographic and institutional distribution and outreach of the current epidemiological research, the researchers and students directly participating in epidemiological research, research topics and patterns of disseminating research findings; the journals where papers in its fullness were published; the financial support of the epidemiological research focusing on the 23 officially recognized graduate programs in public health field.
Keywords : Epidemiology; Research [trends]; Research support; Epidemiologic research design; Research personnel; Brazil.