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Research Trends of Systematic Review/Meta-Analysis on Acupuncture Therapy: A Bibliometric Analysis

Authors Jiang J, Zhang J, Li R, Zhao Z, Ye X

Received 11 November 2020

Accepted for publication 16 January 2021

Published 26 February 2021 Volume 2021:14 Pages 561—573

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JPR.S290516

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Dr Michael Schatman


Jinlan Jiang,1,* Jiaxin Zhang,2,* Rongrong Li,1 Zhengqi Zhao,2 Xiaolin Ye2,3

1The Third Clinical Medical College, Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, People’s Republic of China; 2College of Basic Medical Science, Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, People’s Republic of China; 3The Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, People’s Republic of China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Correspondence: Xiaolin Ye
College of Basic Medical Science, Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, People’s Republic of China
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Objective: We aimed to explore the hotspots and frontiers of systematic review/meta-analysis on acupuncture therapy according to bibliometric methods.
Methods: Systematic review/meta-analysis articles on acupuncture therapy were retrieved from the Web of Science Core Collection. We used CiteSpace 5.6.R5 to analyze annual publication, categories, countries, institutions, journals, authors, cited references, and keywords through visual maps to explore the research hotspots and trends.
Results: An analysis of 1189 articles in English showed that the total number of publications continually increased in the last 12 years. General medicine was the most used category, and the country and institution ranking highest in this field were China and Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, respectively. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine was the most prolific journal, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews was the most cited journal. Myeong Soo Lee was the most productive author, and J.P.T. Higgins ranked first in frequency among the cited authors. In the cited references, the top two were Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions and the Standards for Reporting Interventions in Clinical Trials of Acupuncture (STRICTA). As for keywords, there were 6 main frontiers including interventions, disease, patient, comparisons, study types, and outcomes. The first disease was pain, while the intervention was electroacupuncture (EA).
Conclusion: The present study examined the research trends in systematic reviews and meta-analysis on acupuncture therapy through bibliometric methods and revealed potential future hotspots of research in this field.

Keywords: acupuncture, systematic review, meta-analysis, CiteSpace, bibliometric analysis

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