Challenges to reduce the '10/90 gap': mental health research in Latin American and Caribbean countries

Challenges to reduce the '10/90 gap': mental health research in Latin American and Caribbean countries

Author Razzouk, D. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Gallo, C. Google Scholar
Olifson, S. Google Scholar
Zorzetto, R. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Fiestas, F. Google Scholar
Poletti, G. Google Scholar
Mazzotti, G. Google Scholar
Levav, I. Google Scholar
Mari, J. J. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Univ Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Global Forum Hlth Res
Minist Hlth
Abstract To analyze the status of mental health research in 30 Latin American and Caribbean countries (LAC).Medline and PsycInfo databases were searched to identify the LAC authors. Their publications were classified according to the topic, type of research and target population studied. Scientific indicators of these countries were assessed in other two different databases: Essential Scientific Information and Atlas of Science Project, both from Institute for Scientific Information.Indexed-publications were concentrated in six countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela. Most studies dealt with the burdensome mental disorders but neglected important topics such as violence and other mental health priorities.Mental health research is mostly concentrated in a few LAC countries, but these countries would contribute to reduce the research gap, if they provide research training to their neighbors and engage in bi- or multi-lateral research collaboration on common region priorities.
Keywords Latin America
Caribbean region
mental health
developing countries
Language English
Sponsor Global Forum for Health Research
World Bank, the World Health Organization, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Mental Health
State of São Paulo Research Council
Grant number State of São Paulo Research Council: FAPESP
State of São Paulo Research Council: 2004/03755- 3
Date 2008-12-01
Published in Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, v. 118, n. 6, p. 490-498, 2008.
ISSN 0001-690X (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Extent 490-498
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000260821400009

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