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Palliative care and COVID-19: a bibliometric analysis

HumanInsight Palliative care and COVID-19: a bibliometric analysis

BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2023 Jan 26:spcare-2022-004108. doi: 10.1136/spcare-2022-004108. Online ahead of print.


OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of COVID-19 on the palliative care (PC) publication trend in the last 10 years and the collaboration between countries and main topics that were discussed in the papers.

METHODS: We used Scopus to identify publications on PC between 2012 and 2021 and publications about PC and COVID-19 between 2020 and 2021. We used VOSviewer to assess the main topics using the keywords from the papers and to assess country collaboration.

RESULTS: 1937 publications resulted. An increase in publications about PC was observed during the pandemic, only partially explained by OVID-19-related publications. Cancer-related PC publications were the ones with the most marked increase. We identified six clusters in the distribution of the keywords: bioethics, cancer, nursing home/telemedicine, public health, caring and PC following the WHO definition. The countries with higher number of publications were the United States and England.

CONCLUSION: We showed an increase in the number of PC publications in the last 2 years that was only partially explained by COVID-19-related publications. Most of the publications increase was due to cancer-related publications, since, during the time of the pandemic, publications on cancer and PC increased markedly, while those on heart failure, lung disease and dementia, remained constant.

PMID:36702518 | DOI:10.1136/spcare-2022-004108

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