Palliative Care Landscape in the COVID-19 Era: Bibliometric Analysis of Global Research

Hammoda Abu-Odah, Jingjing Su, Mian Wang, Sin Yi Lin, Jonathan Bayuo, Salihu Sabiu Musa, Alex Molassiotis

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Abstract

Despite the increasing number of publications globally, the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored significant research gaps that should be resolved, including within PC-related research. This study aimed to map and understand the global trends in palliative care (PC)-related COVID-19 research and provide quantitative evidence to guide future studies. We systematically searched four databases between 1st January 2020 and 25th April 2022. The VOSviewer, Gephi, and R software were utilized for data analysis and results visualization. A total of 673 articles were identified from the databases between 1st January 2020 and 25th April 2022. Canada (6.2%), Australia (5.4%), and the United Kingdom (3.8%) were the most productive countries regarding articles published per million confirmed COVID-19 cases. A lack of international collaborations and an uneven research focus on PC across countries with different pandemic trajectories was observed. The PC research in question focused on cancer, telehealth, death and dying, and bereavement. This study’s conclusions support the recommendation for international collaboration to facilitate knowledge and practice transformation to support countries with unmet PC needs during the pandemic. Further studies are required on the grief and bereavement support of families, healthcare professionals and patients with other life-threatening illnesses.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1344
JournalHealthcare (Switzerland)
Volume10
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

Keywords

  • bibliometric analysis
  • COVID-19
  • palliative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Health Policy
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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