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Table 2 Characteristics of SDM publications

From: Publication trends of shared decision making in 15 high impact medical journals: a full-text review with bibliometric analysis

  No %
Publication type*   
 Research publications 465 36.2
  Observational study (case report/series, cohort study, case–control study, …) 287 22.3
  Interventional study (randomized controlled trial, before-after study, …) 97 7.5
  Systematic review with or without meta-analysis 43 3.3
  Guideline, consensus publication 38 3.0
 Non-research publications 820 63.8
  Non-systematic review (narrative, clinical case, debate, …) 379 29.5
  Letter, comment, book review 250 19.5
  Editorial 145 11.3
  Conference publication (abstract, paper, review) 40 3.1
  Other (animal study, biology study, government report, unclear study type, combination study design, …) 6 0.5
Topic   
 Clinical 645 50.2
  Gynaecology & Obstetrics (including prenatal testing and other foetal issues) 118 9.2
  End-of-life care & Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 114 8.9
  Cardiovascular system (including diabetes, CV diseases prevention, CV risks management) 101 7.9
  Urology (including prostate issues) 86 6.7
  Gastroenterology (including colorectal cancer) 54 4.2
  Surgery, Orthopaedics & Rheumatology (including low back pain and osteoporosis) 41 3.2
  Psychiatry/Mental Health (including addiction medicine) 28 2.2
  Paediatrics & Genetics 26 2.0
  Other** 77 6.0
 Non-clinical 640 49.8
  Medical education (including communication skills and medical management) 203 15.8
  Decision making (including shared decision making and ethics) 199 15.5
  Patient care management†† (including patient education) 119 9.3
  Public health 119 9.3
Publications assessing decision aids 60 4.6
Overall 1285 100.0
  1. *Categories adapted from indexing methods of PubMed, Embase, and bibliometric studies [2123].
  2. **Other clinical topics: anaesthesiology, complementary and alternative medicines, emergency medicine, endocrinology, ENT, infectious diseases, intensive care, nephrology, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, pathology, pharmacology, radiology, respiratory system.
  3. Education, training programs, and courses in various fields and disciplines in medicine.
  4. ††Generating, planning, organising, and administering medical and nursing care and services for patients.
  5. Branch of medicine concerned with the prevention and control of disease and disability, and the promotion of physical and mental health of the population on the international, national, state, or municipal level, including health care delivery and health promotion, e.g. physical activity, smoking management.