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

  • Jiang, Jinlan1
  • Zhang, Jiaxin1
  • Li, Rongrong1
  • Zhao, Zhengqi1
  • Ye, Xiaolin1, 2
  • 1 Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province
  • 2 The Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province
Published Article
Journal of Pain Research
Dove Medical Press
Publication Date
Feb 26, 2021
DOI: 10.2147/JPR.S290516
PMID: 33679140
PMCID: PMC7926265
PubMed Central
  • Review


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.

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