Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
LUZ, Madel Therezinha and MATTOS, Rafael da Silva. Qualitative dimensions of the scientific, technological and innovation production at Public Health. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.4, pp.1945-1953. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232010000400010.
This article shows the results of a qualitative evaluation on the expansion of the Collective Health area according with the production of the triennial Collective Health Congresses Annals which happen between 1997 to 2006, promoted by Abrasco - Brazilian Association of Collective Health. The specific objective was to estimate the growth of importance of the area in the scientific as well as in the social Brazilian scenario in the last decennary through the analysis of aspects and substantive dimensions. The methodological strategy of the study was to consider the complexity and data profusion referred to the dimensions of this multidisciplinary field (more and more interdisciplinary) of knowledge and intervention. From this perspective, analysis and interpretations of document sources were done, applying theoretical, methodological and analytical referential of the social science and X statistics techniques. It could be observed that: (1) in the last decade, the Collective Health area expanded into its three subareas (Epidemiology, Planning/Management and Health Services and, Human Sciences); (2) there is a tendency of more interactivity among the programs and with their communities and the institutions; (3) there is a growth in the quantity of authors writing about the field and different authors by article; (4) it is being elaborated a big internal specialization into the subareas.
Keywords : Evaluation of the Public Health field; Qualitative evaluation; Scientific production in Public Health.