The Latin America and the Caribbean search strategy proposal

Eloy F. Ruiz, Alvaro Proaño, Diego Proaño, Junior Smith Torres-Román, J. Jaime Miranda

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Latin America and the Caribbean’s public health literature is not widely recognized. Science in this region has even been compared to a night sky with just a few specks of light. To make those lights as reachable as possible, we developed the Latin America and the Caribbean Search Strategy (LACSS). This is a new method to utilize our region’s health promotion results within MEDLINE/PubMed. In contrast to a typical MeSH query, LACSS retrieves up to six times more publication results regarding non-communicable diseases, neglected tropical diseases, injuries and other important public health relevant topics in the region. We believe that global health promotion will be improved in this region by improving its visibility, and this search strategy will contribute to this.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-64
Number of pages5
JournalGlobal Health Promotion
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2018


  • Caribbean Region
  • Latin America
  • Medical Subject Headings
  • PubMed
  • Public Health


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