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Acta Médica Peruana

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LUNA-SOLIS, Ybeth. Scientific production in mental health in Peru: Challenge in times of health care reform. Acta méd. peruana [online]. 2015, vol.32, n.1, pp.36-40. ISSN 1728-5917.

Goal: Describe the scientific production in mental health in Peru in journals indexed in SCOPUS during the period 2011-2013. Material and Methods. Articles published in the SCOPUS database were included, using terms related to mental health as "mental health" or "Mental disorders" or "anxiety" or "depression" or "Psycosis" or "psychiatry" or "psychology" within the "Title", "Abstract" and "Keywords" articles. The frequency of publication by author, affiliation of authors, scientific journal publishing and country were evaluated. Results: 43,135 papers published worldwide during 2011-2013 were found. In Peru 26 papers, representing 0.06% of the worldwide scientific production was found. In addition to being 16 times lower than Brazil, 2.6 to Chile, 1.8 to Argentina and 1.5 to Colombia; however, higher than Venezuela, Uruguay, Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. Most are published in the Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública. The authors have been published between 1 to 2 times on this issue and basically affiliated academic institutions; however also come from institutions of health. As most foreign authors. Conclusion: In times of change and reform, promoted for the increase of welfare benefits in health and Mental health issues, the choice of the location of the research and the development of the literature on Mental Health, is due to the fact that nothing or very little standard on that topic. The scientific production in mental health in the Peru continues to be very low, as found in SCOPUS. Despite the years we maintain differences in publications concerning Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Colombia. The share of foreign authors is majority found in publications on mental health in Peru.

Keywords : scientific production in mental health; reform of health; Peru.

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