Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP
Print version ISSN 0080-6234
On-line version ISSN 1980-220X
NICHIATA, Lúcia Yasuko Izumi; TAKAHASHI, Renata Ferreira; FRACOLLI, Lislaine Aparecida and GRYSCHEK, Anna Luiza de Fátima Pinho Lins. An experience of nursing education in collective health: the use of the informatics to teach epidemiological surveillance. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2003, vol.37, n.3, pp.36-43. ISSN 0080-6234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342003000300005.
This article discusses the application of information technology (IT) in education, its benefits and the ethical and ideological implications in using this tool in nursing education and work. It relates the experience of developing contents on epidemiological surveillance. Some pedagogical experiences were given to the students handling an Aids database, with the purpose of motivating them to express their understanding and to reflect on the health problems of the population, associating the occurrence and the profiles of this epidemic in different areas of the city of São Paulo, with the forms of work and life of population groups in certain places. The understanding of the health-disease process was enlarged. IT is a potent instrument in epidemiological surveillance for the teacher who act as mediator between the information and the knowledge that one wants to build.
Keywords : Epidemiologic surveillance; Nursing; Medical informatics.