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Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
On-line version ISSN 1806-4841
FERNANDES, Juliana Dumet; MACHADO, Maria Cecília Rivitti and OLIVEIRA, Zilda Najjar Prado de. Scientific research published on the Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia (2003-2007). An. Bras. Dermatol. [online]. 2008, vol.83, n.6, pp.555-560. ISSN 1806-4841. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0365-05962008000600010.
BACKGROUND - The scientific production of dermatology is not very known and studied in quantitative and qualitative aspects in Brazil. OBJECTIVE - To study the characteristics of the Brazilian scientific production published on the Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia from 2003 to 2007. METHODS - A transversal study of articles published on the "clinical, epidemiological, laboratory and therapeutic investigation"; "case report"and "communication"sections of the Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia, from 2003 to 2007, were reviewed. The variables studied were: the dermatological subspecialty focused; methodological analysis used; diseases or disorders investigated and the understanding of authors related to the "communication"section. RESULTS - Among investigational manuscripts, clinical studies prevailed (60.3%), those with surgical or cosmetic interest accounted for 13%. Descriptive and observational studies were the most common (81.9%), particularly the "case series"(50%). Infectious (33.6%) and inflammatory disease (28.6%) was the subject of investigation or case report, respectively. "Case report"was the most common subject on the "communication"section. CONLUSION - Descriptive methods were predominant among the research articles published in the studied period. More sophisticated and elaborated methods were uncommon. Research designs and critical analysis of the scientific literature must be part of the curriculum of the graduate and residency programs in dermatology.
Keywords : Dermatology; Epidemiologic studies; Journal article, Brazil; Research designs.