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Bibliometric Analysis of Research on the Comorbidity of Cancer and Pain

Authors Wu CC, Wang YZ, Hu HY, Wang XQ

Received 12 November 2020

Accepted for publication 23 December 2020

Published 28 January 2021 Volume 2021:14 Pages 213—228

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JPR.S291741

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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Michael Schatman


Cheng-Cheng Wu,1,* Yi-Zu Wang,1,* Hao-Yu Hu,1 Xue-Qiang Wang1,2

1Department of Sport Rehabilitation, Shanghai University of Sport, Shanghai, 200438, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Shanghai Shangti Orthopaedic Hospital, Shanghai, 200438, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence: Xue-Qiang Wang
Department of Sport Rehabilitation, Shanghai University of Sport, 399 Changhai Road, Shanghai 200438, People’s Republic of China
Tel +86 21-65507362
Email qiang897@163.com
Hao-Yu Hu
Department of Sport Rehabilitation, Shanghai University of Sport, 399 Changhai Road, Shanghai 200438, People’s Republic of China
Tel +86-18262630227
Email 472943082@qq.com

Background: Pain is the most common symptom in patients with neoplasm. It is a distressing experience that seriously destructs the quality-of-life of patients, with a high prevalence in clinical observations. However, only a few studies have applied bibliometric methods to analyze systematic works on the comorbidity of cancer and pain.
Purpose: The aim of this work was to conduct a systematic analysis of the scientific studies worldwide on the comorbidity of cancer and pain in 2010– 2019.
Methods: The Web of Science databases were searched for publications related to the comorbidity of cancer and pain from 2010 to 2019.
Results: A total of 3,423 papers met the inclusion criteria in this research. The increase in the quantity of papers presented a significant growth from 2010 to 2019 (P< 0.001) by linear regression analysis. The research subject categories of the 3,423 papers mainly concentrated on oncology (28.57%), clinical neurology (25.62%), and healthcare science services (15.89%). The US had the highest number of published papers, followed by the People’s Republic of China, and England. According to scientific statistics, breast cancer (20.36%) was by far the most predominant topic in the papers related to the comorbidity of cancer and pain.
Conclusion: This bibliometric research provided a framework for visual and quantitative research to management scholars in favor of exploring a potential field related to hot issue and research frontiers.

Keywords: global trend, pain, CiteSpace, cancer

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