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Knowledge Mapping of Acupuncture for Cancer Pain: A Scientometric Analysis (2000–2019)

Authors Huang L, Zhao Y, Xiang M

Received 21 November 2020

Accepted for publication 23 December 2020

Published 5 February 2021 Volume 2021:14 Pages 343—358

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JPR.S292657

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Robert B. Raffa


Li Huang,* Yanqing Zhao,* Minhong Xiang

Putuo Hospital, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence: Minhong Xiang
Putuo Hospital, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 164 Lanxi Road, Putuo District, Shanghai, 200062, People’s Republic of China
Tel +86 13023200090
Email xiangminhong1977@126.com

Objective: This study aimed to demonstrate the state of the present situation and trends concerning the global use of acupuncture for cancer pain in the past 20 years.
Methods: Searched the Web of Science database from 2000 to 2019 related to acupuncture for cancer pain, and then used CiteSpace to conduct scientometric analysis to acquire the knowledge mapping.
Results: Yearly output has increased year by year, and the growth rate has become faster after 2012. According to the cluster analysis of institutions, authors, cited references, and keywords, 4, 4, 15, and 14 categories were obtained, respectively. The most productive countries, institutions, and authors are the USA, Mem Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Mao JJ, whose frequencies are 196, 24, and 17, respectively. However, the most important of them are Australia, Univ. Maryland, and Bao T, owing to their highest centrality, they are 0.90, 0.21, and 0.09 separately. Moreover, cited references that contributed to the most co-citations are Crew KD (2010), however, the most key cited reference is Roscoe JA (2003). Keywords such as acupuncture, pain, breast cancer, palliative care, and quality of life are the most frequently used. But auricular acupuncture is the crucial keyword. In the cluster analysis of institutions, authors, cited references, and keywords, the more convincing research categories are multiple myeloma, placebo effect, neck malignancies, and early breast cancer, with S values of 0.990, 0.991, 0.990, and 0.923, respectively. Therefore, they can be regarded as research hotspots in this field.
Conclusion: Based on the scientometric analysis in the past 20 years, the knowledge mapping of the country, institution, author, cited reference, and the keyword is gained, which has an important guiding significance for quickly and accurately positioning the trend in this field.

Keywords: knowledge mapping, acupuncture, cancer pain, CiteSpace, scientometric analysis

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