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Int J Prev Med. 2019 May 17;10:60. doi: 10.4103/ijpvm.IJPVM_549_17. eCollection 2019.

Strategies for Prevention and Treatment of Peritoneal Fibrosis: A Scientometric Study.

Author information

1
Digestive Disease Research Center, Digestive Research Institute, Shariati Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
2
Department of Internal Medicine, Urology Research Center, Sina Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
3
Non-Communicable Diseases Research Center, Endocrinology and Metabolism Population Sciences Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
4
Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Center, Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinical Sciences Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
5
Department of Surgery, Urology Research Center, Sina Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
6
Cell-based Therapies Research Center, Digestive Disease Research Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

Abstract

Background:

Interest in using peritoneal dialysis (PD) shows global and national increase. However, it remains a challenge to prevent the progression of PD-associated fibrosis in clinical practice. Here, we assessed the status of scientific publications in prevention and management of PD-associated fibrosis in a scientometric study.

Methods:

We retrieved the bibliometric data by search terms "encapsulating peritoneal fibrosis," "treatment or prevention," and their synonyms in the Scopus databases until December 2, 2017. Data were analyzed using Scopus analysis tools, SPSS version 15 and Visualizing Scientific Landscapes viewer version 1.6.5.

Results:

Number of publications showed a steady significant increase (P < 0.001) reaching to 390 documents. Japan had the highest share (21.3%) followed by United Kingdom. Coauthorship network assessment assigned "Ikeda M." from Japan as the top author. The top source of documents was "Peritoneal Dialysis International." Most of documents were original articles focusing on prevention and management of malignant fibrosis of peritoneum (72.6%). The documents were cited totally 5636 times with average citations per article of 14.45, and relatively high H-index of 38.

Conclusions:

Despite the global increasing trend in scientific output in this field, contribution of our country is very small. Perhaps more national and international collaboration is required to encourage our researchers for producing more scientific products.

KEYWORDS:

Bibliometric analysis; peritoneal fibrosis; preventive measures; therapeutics

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