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Emerging trends in research on perineal trauma management: A bibliometric analysis of articles published since 1985

Ali, M, Fleming, V and Maxwell, C (2024) Emerging trends in research on perineal trauma management: A bibliometric analysis of articles published since 1985. Midwifery, 134. ISSN 0266-6138

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Background The purpose of this bibliometric analysis is to explore global trends in scientific research involving spontaneous perineal tears sustained during childbirth. This research is critical as a significant number of women have vaginal lacerations after birth resulting in complications such as pain and pelvic floor dysfunction. Methods The articles used in this bibliometric analysis were collected from PubMed, Web of Science, Cochrane library and Scopus. Analysis was carried out in Python and R programming languages with some visualizations created using VOS software. Apart from traditional methods, this analysis also involved time series forecasting and assessment of rolling correlations. Results Results indicate authors and institutions from the United Kingdom as the most productive in the research on this subject research. National level analyses for six countries showed that productivity was positively correlated with GDP/capita, average health expenditure and negatively associated with proportion of C-sections. Recent and emerging themes include those involving pharmacological interventions for pain management. Conclusion There is a growing global interest in the research on postnatal perineal trauma with authors from the UK playing a leading role so far. Countries with high vaginal birth rates, need to promote research in this field to minimise trauma-associated comorbidities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1110 Nursing; 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine; 1117 Public Health and Health Services; Nursing
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: Elsevier
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2024 13:13
Last Modified: 13 May 2024 10:45
DOI or ID number: 10.1016/j.midw.2024.104003
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23151
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