Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem
On-line version ISSN 1983-1447
KOERICH, Micheline Henrique Araujo da Luz et al. Brazilian technological output in the area of nursing: advances and challenges. Rev. Gaúcha Enferm. [online]. 2011, vol.32, n.4, pp.736-743. ISSN 1983-1447. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1983-14472011000400014.
This article aims to analyze the patents registered in the nursing area, since these patents may be used as an indicator of the technological development in the area. It presents and discusses national technological productions, tracked through the "nursing" keyword, patented in the period from 1990-2009. This is a retrospective documental research, using, as a source, data from the National Industrial Property Institute (INPI). The information gathered is discussed in relation to the appropriation of the technologies, the incentive to develop them and register them as a source of knowledge in the nursing field, aiming the practice of care. Light and light hard technology productions are increasing in the nursing field. However, these are not registered and patented. The technological advance in the nursing field is emergent and needs policies for its development.
Keywords : Nursing research; Biomedical technology; Patents.