Title: Searching sudden infant death publications in electronic literature database systems

Authors: Inger Brännström

Addresses: Skolgatan 115E, SE-903 32 Umeå, Sweden

Abstract: What can be learned when using electronic literature database systems to search the domain of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)? This study aims to chart and illuminate publishing portrayals, i.e., geographical stratification and scientific recognition concerning one dramatic event in early childhood where no cause-of-death diagnosis has been recorded, i.e., sudden death in infancy. Information was obtained from the Web of Science covering the period of 1 January 2004 to 21/22 October 2008. Findings revealed that authorships originating from the USA, Europe, Australia and New Zealand and published in English dominated the publishing geographical map. In addition, the low-income and lower-middle-income economies/countries, representing about 70% of the world population, were almost unrepresented in this field of research.

Keywords: electronic databases; information systems; global health; health communication; paediatrics; publishing; sudden infant death; Web of Science; literature searching; sudden infant death syndrome; SIDS; cot deaths; crib deaths; journal articles; publishing portrayals; geographical stratification; scientific recognition; early childhood; cause-of-death diagnosis; infancy; authorships; United States; USA; Europe; Australia; New Zealand; English language; low-income economies; lower-middle-income economies; low-income countries; lower-middle-income countries; research; authors; SCI Expanded; Science Citation Index Expanded; SSCI; Social Sciences Citation Index; A&HCI; Arts & Humanities Citation Index; citations; healthcare technology; healthcare management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHTM.2012.048950

International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, 2012 Vol.13 No.1/2/3, pp.108 - 116

Available online: 05 Sep 2012

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