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Revista Brasileira de Epidemiologia

versão impressa ISSN 1415-790Xversão On-line ISSN 1980-5497

Rev. bras. epidemiol. v.9 n.3 São Paulo set. 2006 




José da Rocha Carvalheiro



With the present issue of Revista Brasileira de Epidemiologia, we are continuing our journey towards regularity and compliance with the requirements necessary for us to stay in the SciELO database. The diversity in origin of authors, themes and study sites has also been guaranteed. A study, from Universidade de Antioquia, Columbia, confirms our progressive expansion to the Latin-American scientific environment. Of the domestic studies, the Southeast region contributes the most, with four studies from São Paulo (UNESP, UNICAMP, USP and Universidade de Guarulhos) and one from Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ and Fiocruz). The South region is represented with two articles by authors from several universities (UFSC, Universidade Regional de Blumenau, UFPel and UNISINOS). From the Northeast region, we have an article from Maranhão (UFMA). In addition to these articles, received through the regular ongoing flow, we would like to draw special attention to two others, one that continues a debate that began last year (authors from Spain) and another that starts a debate in the present number (by an author from Rio de Janeiro, UERJ).

Taking into account all articles, including the "commissioned" and debate-triggering articles, all original and submitted to peer review, we have a total of eleven, by 38 authors. The average number of 3.45 authors per article, and 71 % of women authors, continue RBE's traditional figures.

We will be facing a major discussion for the next volume of RBE, related to the number of issues and articles. The SciELO database's rules allow alternatives. We can increase the number of articles per issue, and change the Revista's format to at least fifteen papers, keeping the every three-month frequency. Or, keep it as it is and make RBE bimonthly, with six issues per volume.

As to themes and methodological and analytical tools, we have the usual diversity. The special article deals with a very current issue in the modern world, increasingly sensitive to the possible insanity of terrorist acts. It is not by chance, that the major scientific meetings in the area of infectious diseases have included and highlighted discussions on bioterrorism. As of our next number, we will start a debate based on the present article.

An article by the same Spanish authors of a previous issue continues with the debate on the scientific basis of the role of general practitioners as gatekeepers of the healthcare system.

A study by a Colombian author uses a case-control model for analyzing risk factors for complicated falciparum malaria, according to WHO criteria.

The prevalence and incidence of enteroparasitosis in childcare facilities, in two selected cohorts in two consecutive years, in Botucatu, São Paulo, were analyzed in relation to personal and environment variables.

Inter-rater agreement in the selection of studies for metanalysis and the reproduction and validity of a food consumption questionnaire are analyzed in two studies, both carried out in São Paulo.

Not performing Pap smear tests and associated factors in the city of São Luís, Maranhão among other results, lead to the conclusion that there is waste of public resources with unnecessary cytology tests.

A cross-sectional study of a convenience sample of outpatient care, analyzes the "periodontal status" in the city of Guarulhos, São Paulo.

Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTD) and Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMD) are analyzed and associated with incorrect postures and the workload of dentists, in Santa Catarina.

A multivariate model identifies the prevalence and risk analysis of overweight and obesity in women in São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul.

The treatment of proximal femur fractures in patients in Rio de Janeiro is analyzed, showing technically unfounded inequity.

In Debates, we continue the already mentioned analysis of the scientific basis of the role of general practitioners as gatekeepers of the healthcare system.

In the Debate on avian flu, we replicate the publication of the WHO Bulletin on "ten things that should be known".

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