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CAMPANATTI-OSTIZ, Heliane  and  ANDRADE, Claudia Regina Furquim de. Health Sciences Descriptors in the Brazilian Speech-Language and Hearing Science. Pró-Fono R. Atual. Cient. [online]. 2010, vol.22, n.4, pp.397-402. ISSN 0104-5687.

BACKGROUND: terminology in Speech-Language and Hearing Science. AIM: to propose a specific thesaurus about the Speech-Language and Hearing Science, for the English, Portuguese and Spanish languages, based on the existing keywords available on the Health Sciences Descriptors (DeCS). METHOD: methodology was based on the pilot study developed by Campanatti-Ostiz and Andrade2; that had as a purpose to verify the methodological viability for the creation of a Speech-Language and Hearing Science category in the DeCS. The scientific journals selected for analyses of the titles, abstracts and keywords of all scientific articles were those in the field of the Speech-Language and Hearing Science, indexed on the SciELO. 1. Recovery of the Descriptors in the English language (Medical Subject Headings - MeSH); 2. Recovery and hierarchic organization of the descriptors in the Portuguese language was done (DeCS). The obtained data was analyzed as follows: descriptive analyses and relative relevance analyses of the DeCS areas. Based on the first analyses, we decided to select all 761 descriptors, with all the hierarchic numbers, independently of their occurrence (occurrence number - ON), and based on the second analyses, we decided to propose to exclude the less relevant areas and the exclusive DeCS areas. RESULTS: the proposal was finished with a total of 1676 occurrences of DeCS descriptors, distributed in the following areas: Anatomy; Diseases; Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipmente; Psychiatry and Psychology; Phenomena and Processes; Health Care. CONCLUSION: the presented proposal of a thesaurus contains the specific terminology of the Brazilian Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences and reflects the descriptors of the published scientific production. Being the DeCS a trilingual vocabulary (Portuguese, English and Spanish), the present descriptors organization proposition can be used in these three languages, allowing greater cultural interchange between different nations.

Keywords : Speech-Language Pathology; Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences; Terminology as Topic; Subject Headings; Periodicals; Vocabulary, Controlled.

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