Literature landscapes: Investigating the contribution of journals and bibliographic databases to palliative care

Tieman, Jennifer, Sladek, Ruth and Currow, D.C. (2009). Literature landscapes: Investigating the contribution of journals and bibliographic databases to palliative care. In: Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship. Positioning the Profession: The Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship, Brisbane Australia, (1-6). 31 August-4 September 2009.

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Author Tieman, Jennifer
Sladek, Ruth
Currow, D.C.
Title of paper Literature landscapes: Investigating the contribution of journals and bibliographic databases to palliative care
Conference name Positioning the Profession: The Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship
Conference location Brisbane Australia
Conference dates 31 August-4 September 2009
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress on Medical Librarianship
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Background: Palliative care is an increasingly important area of clinical practice and health service delivery. Accessing literature is integral to evidence based practice, yet searching for palliative care literature is challenging. The heterogeneity of patient populations and conditions as well as the multidisciplinary nature of care can make identifying and retrieving relevant evidence and literature difficult.

Study Details: This study is a bibliometric analysis of the nature of the literature that supports palliative care. It examines the growth in palliative care citations on four databases (Medline, CINAHL, EMBASE and PsycINFO) and looks at which journals are publishing palliative care literature. Specifically two questions were investigated:
* What has been the growth in unique palliative care citations (i.e. not also indexed on Medline) over time on CINAHL, PsycINFO, and EMBASE?
* Which indexed journals are publishing literature relevant to palliative care?

Study Findings: The unique deduped material (against Medline) across all years was 50.0% for EMBASE, 68.8% for PsycINFO and 72.9% for CINAHL. Journal ranking based on the number of palliative citations published in each of the sample years identified forty six journals in the top 25% in any of the three sample years.

Conclusion: The study shows that there is a substantial and increasing amount of palliative care literature. The multiplicity of database sources and the number of journals contributing to palliative care literature has implications for knowledge management and knowledge dissemination in the discipline.
Subjects 0807 Library and Information Studies
320100 Medicine - General
320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Keyword Palliative care
Bibliometrics
Evidence based medicine
Information retrieval
Health service delivery
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

 
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