Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
FREITAS, Carlos Machado de. Brazilian public health research output related to the environment. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2005, vol.21, n.3, pp. 679-701. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2005000300003.
Although there are few scientific studies on the environment in the Brazilian public health literature, there are indications of recent growth in this theme in research and graduate programs in Brazil, thus tending to consolidate the scientific output in this area. The objective of this study was to contribute to the understanding and characterization of this theme in public health, offering backing for establishing research focused on sustainability of the environment and health. We identified and analyzed the research output on the environment in the most important Brazilian scientific journals in public health (1992-2002), using as the reference Chapter 35 of Agenda 21 (science for sustainability). The results showed: research output highly concentrated in the more affluent Southeast region of the country; predominance of the biological concept of health and the biophysical concept of environment; prevalence of diagnoses versus the search for solutions; and few studies involving stakeholders' participation.
Keywords : Environmental Health; Environment and Public Health; Review Literature [Publication Type].