El análisis de redes sociales en la investigación en salud pública: Una revisión sistemática

Translated title of the contribution: Social network analysis in public health research: A systematic review

Ignacio Ramos-Vidal

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Objective A systematic review was conducted to know the contributions of social network analysis (SNA) to public health research (PHR). Materials and Methods The databases analyzed were Academic Search Complete, PubMed and MEDLINE. A total of 1 151 articles were processed, of which 361 met the inclusion criteria and make up the final sample. Results The generic profiles of assessed papers are quantitative (84.5%) and cross-sectional (64.5%), and use conventional statistical procedures to test hypotheses (68.9%). Studies examining the role of networks as a risk factor or health protection (38%), epidemiological research (34.6%), and work analyzing systems that provide social and health care (24.4%) are noteworthy. Conclusions Remarkable differences among research were identified at the egocentric and sociocentric levels of analysis. Results are discussed in order to increase the effectiveness of PHR through SNA methods.

Translated title of the contributionSocial network analysis in public health research: A systematic review
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)109-114
Number of pages6
JournalRevista de Salud Publica
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes

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  • Social networking
  • systematic review
  • public health

Types Minciencias

  • Artículos de investigación con calidad Q4


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