DeCS exclusive categories

The SP – Public Health category was incorporated by BIREME in 1986 along with the creation of DeCS, aiming to better represent Latin American and Caribbean literature on the subject. It gathers almost 3000 concepts.

The HP – Homeopathy category, created in 1991 with the collaboration of experts from the Associação Paulista de Homeopatia (APH), gathers more than 1.900 concepts.

The SH – Science and Health category, created in 2005 by PAHO’s IKM/RC Unit (Information Knowledge Management/Research Promotion and Development), brings together almost 330 concepts.

The VS – Health Surveillance category, created in 2005 in partnership with the National Health Surveillance System of the Scientific and Technical Knowledge Management Office – GETEC, General Management for Knowledge and Documentation ANVISA (the Health Surveillance Agency of the Brazilian Department of Health), gathers exactly 820 concept records.

The MT – Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Medicine was created in 2022 after the initiative of the TCIM Americas Network, which sought to reflect in its subcategories the same thematic structure used in the VHL TCIM. It started with more than 110 concepts.

See these categories in the DeCS tree structure.

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