Publication Trends in Telemedicine Research from Canada

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Health Management Forum. 2022 Jan 27:8404704211070240. doi: 10.1177/08404704211070240. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

Telemedicine modalities for patient care have seen significant global adoption during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study aimed to bibliometrically assess the evolution and current landscape of the telemedicine literature in Canada. The Scopus database was searched to identify telemedicine publications whose first or last author had a Canadian institutional affiliation. Study selection and data abstraction were performed by two pairs of independent reviewers. Between 1976 and January 2021, 810 of the 3620 retrieved citations were telemedicine publications from Canada, including 29 randomized controlled trials and 6 systematic reviews. Annual publication output increased significantly from 1/year in 1976 to 80/year in 2020. Based on the author’s keyword analysis, the most frequently studied disciplines or disease entities were healthcare primary, COVID-19, telepsychiatry, heart failure and mental health. The information provided by this study will help scientists, policy makers and other stakeholders identify opportunities for future investigations and clinical applications.

PMID:35083937 | DOI: 10.1177/08404704211070240

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