Revista Brasileira de Epidemiologia
Print version ISSN 1415-790X
GUIMARAES, Raul Borges and RIBEIRO, Helena. Mapping of information on worker's health. Rev. bras. epidemiol. [online]. 2010, vol.13, n.4, pp. 577-586. ISSN 1415-790X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1415-790X2010000400003.
Geographic studies and spatial analyses have been recognized in Brazilian public health papers. It is still, however, very little explored by researchers. In a survey of the leading scientific journals covering issues related to Brazilian worker's health, we found the predominant use of charts and tables as a way to organize and present results with a small number of maps. This survey was conducted by examining all papers published in four journals, covering the period from 1967 to 2009 (Revista de Saúde Pública, Cadernos de Saúde Pública, Revista Saúde e Sociedade, and Revista Brasileira de Epidemiologia). After analyzing the set of papers selected for the study, the papers that used maps were given special attention. The tools of geoprocessing and geostatistics with GIS support, although little used, open new possibilities to use thematic cartography in the field of workers' health. However, it is recommended that editors of scientific journals have detailed technical standards as well as specific reports for the publication of cartographic figures aimed at facilitating the modifications necessary for the improvement of the visual quality of maps and of the spatial correlations through cartography.
Keywords : Worker's health; Thematic cartography; Geographic information; Literature review.