Korean J Hosp Palliat Care.  2013 Jun;16(2):74-79. 10.14475/kjhpc.2013.16.2.074.

Analysis of Research Papers Published by the Korean Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care (The First Issue~2012)

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Family Medicine, Gachon University Gil Medical Center, Incheon, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Sahmyook University, Seoul, Korea. kangka@syu.ac.kr
  • 3Department of Statistics, Dongguk University, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to suggest a direction for future studies based on the analysis of the articles published in the Korean Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care from 1998 to 2012. A total of 240 articles (51 reviews, 189 original) were examined in three five-year groups. Categories of analysis include authors' background (profession, region) and general characteristics and qualitative aspects of the original paper (participants, topic, study design, data analysis, ethical consideration, multidisciplinary approach, research funds and sample size estimation). While the journal publishes more of articles than before, it is mainly due to the increase in the number of review articles, not original articles. As for study topics, healthcare industry and physical symptoms were most frequently studied. The disparity in authors' regional background is fading, and more articles are published by nurses than before. Moreover, more studies are funded while fewer papers tend to adopt a multidisciplinary approach or focus on care givers. Also, in terms of a study design, the number of experimental and methodological studies has slightly increased. In the qualitative aspect, studies considered ethical issues and collected participation consent, and fewer studies reported an estimated sample size. In data analysis, post-adjustment comparison decreased, and new analytical methods are increasingly used. Our results indicate the need to conduct research with more extensive scientific data in various fields of hospice and palliative care.

Keyword

Analysis; Hospice care; Palliative care; Research

MeSH Terms

Caregivers
Financial Management
Health Care Sector
Hospice Care
Hospices
Humans
Palliative Care
Sample Size
Statistics as Topic
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