Coronado, RA; Riddle, DL; Wurtzel, WA; George, SZ. 2011. Bibliometric Analysis of Articles Published from 1980 to 2009 in Physical Therapy, Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association. PHYSICAL THERAPY 91 (5): 642-655
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Coronado, RA; Riddle, DL; Wurtzel, WA; George, SZ. 2011. Bibliometric Analysis
of Articles Published from 1980 to 2009 in Physical Therapy, Journal of the
American Physical Therapy Association. PHYSICAL THERAPY 91 (5): 642-655..
Author Full Name(s): Coronado, Rogelio A.; Riddle, Daniel L.; Wurtzel, Wendy
A.; George, Steven Z.
Document Type: Article
KeyWords Plus: QUANTITATIVE-ANALYSIS; DATABASE; TRIALS; PEDRO;
REHABILITATION; PHYSIOTHERAPY; CITATION; REVIEWS
Abstract: Background. Recent evidence demonstrates growth in both the
quality and quantity of evidence in physical therapy. Much of this work has
focused on randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews.
Objective. The purpose of this study was to conduct a comprehensive
bibliometric assessment of Physical Therapy (PTJ) over the past 30 years to
examine trends for all types of studies.
Design. This was a bibliometric analysis.
Methods. All manuscripts published in PTJ from 1980 to 2009 were reviewed.
Research reports, topical reviews (including perspectives and nonsystematic
reviews), and case reports were included. Articles were coded based on type,
participant characteristics, physical therapy focus, research design, purpose of
article, clinical condition, and intervention. Coding was performed by 2
independent reviewers, and author, institution, and citation information was
obtained using bibliometric software.
Results. Of the 4,385 publications identified, 2,519 were included in this
analysis. Of these, 67.1% were research reports, 23.0% were topical reviews,
and 9.9% were case reports. Percentage increases over the past 30 years
were observed for research reports, inclusion of "symptomatic" participants
(defined as humans with a current symptomatic condition), systematic reviews,
qualitative studies, prospective studies, and articles focused on prognosis,
diagnosis, or metric topics. Percentage decreases were observed for topical
reviews, inclusion of only "asymptomatic" participants (defined as humans
without a current symptomatic condition), education articles, nonsystematic
reviews, and articles focused on anatomy/physiology.
Limitations. Quality assessment of articles was not performed.
Conclusions. These trends provide an indirect indication of the evolution of the
physical therapy profession through the publication record in PTJ. Collectively,
the data indicated an increased emphasis on publishing articles consistent with
evidence-based practice and clinically based research. Bibliometric analyses
indicated the most frequent citations were metric studies and references in PTJ
were from journals from a variety of disciplines.
Addresses: [Coronado, Rogelio A.; Wurtzel, Wendy A.; George, Steven Z.] Univ
Florida, Coll Publ Hlth & Hlth Profess, Dept Phys Therapy, Gainesville, FL 32610
USA; [Riddle, Daniel L.] Virginia Commonwealth Univ, Coll Med, Dept Phys
Therapy, Richmond, VA USA; [George, Steven Z.] Univ Florida, Coll Publ Hlth &
Hlth Profess, Ctr Pain Res & Behav Hlth, Gainesville, FL 32610 USA
Reprint Address: Coronado, RA, Univ Florida, Coll Publ Hlth & Hlth Profess, Dept
Phys Therapy, POB 100154, Gainesville, FL 32610 USA.
E-mail Address: rcoronado at phhp.ufl.edu; szgeorge at phhp.ufl.edu
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