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Reporting of pediatric palliative care- a systematic review and quantitative analysis of research publications in palliative care journals

*, Senthil P Kumar (2011) Reporting of pediatric palliative care- a systematic review and quantitative analysis of research publications in palliative care journals. Indian Journal of Palliative Care , 17 (3). pp. 202-209.

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Abstract

Context: Pediatric palliative care clinical practice depends upon an evidence-based decision-making process which in turn is based upon current research evidence. Aims: This study aimed to perform a quantitative analysis of research publications in palliative care journals for reporting characteristics of articles on paediatric palliative care. Settings and Design: Systematic review of palliative care journals Methods and Material: Twelve palliative care journals were searched for articles with ‘paediatric’ or ‘children’ in title of the articles published from 2006-2010. The reporting rates of all journals were compared. The selected articles were categorized into practice, education, research and administration and subsequently grouped into original and review articles. The original articles were sub-grouped into qualitative and quantitative studies, and the review articles were grouped into narrative and systematic reviews. Each subgroup of original articles category was further classified according to study designs. Statistical analysis used: Descriptive analysis using frequencies and percentiles was done using SPSS for Windows version 11.5. Results: The overall reporting rate among all journals was 2.66% (97/3634), and Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing (JHPN) had highest reporting rate of 12.5% (1/8), followed by Journal of Social Work in End-of-life and Palliative Care (JSWELPC) with 7.5% (5/66) and Journal of Palliative Care (JPC) with 5.33% (11/206). Conclusions: The overall reporting rate for paediatric palliative care articles in palliative care journals was very low and there were no randomized clinical trials and systematic reviews found. The study findings indicate a lack of adequate evidence base for paediatric palliative care.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Evidence-based pediatric palliative care, journal reporting, publication trend, research
Subjects: Allied Health > Mangalore Campus > Physiotherapy
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2012 10:46
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2012 10:46
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/2922

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