Innovation & Research Practice

Paper: Research Abstract

Biomedical Bhutan through Bibliometrics

Monday, May 6
5:05 PM - 5:20 PM
Room: Columbus GH (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Objectives : Bhutanese researchers and international partners are publishing research about clinical medicine and health services in Bhutan, as a result of English-language medical education in Bhutan and abroad. Who is writing, funding, publishing, and citing this work? What domains are currently being addressed, and are there gaps in published research?
Methods : Through bibliometric analysis of published research (in the databases PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, Global Health, Embase, and IMSEAR, and in the Bhutan Health Journal), a corpus of published biomedical literature about Bhutan will be created. Key stakeholders -- authors, institutions, funders, and journals -- will be identified, and co-authorship networks will be investigated. Subject coverage will be analyzed based on journal subjects and subject indexing of individual papers.
Results : I hypothesize that we will find an increasing volume of published papers about Bhutan, of published papers by Bhutanese authors, and of citations to papers in the Bhutan Health Journal. I hypothesize that open access papers are more likely to accrue citations by Bhutanese authors than paywalled papers are. I hypothesize that Drungtshos (doctors of traditional medicine) will be underrepresented as authors of English-language papers, compared with their presence in the Bhutanese medical education and health care delivery system. Finally, I hypothesize that emergency medicine and travel medicine will be among the subject areas well-represented in English-language Bhutanese medical literature.
Conclusions : The findings of this research project will be valuable to researchers, medical librarians, and policymakers at educational institutions, government agencies, and third sector agencies active in Bhutan. The findings will also assist researchers and medical librarians planning systematic reviews or other evidence syntheses about Bhutan, South Asia, or Tibetan traditional medicine.

Kate Nyhan

Research and education librarian
Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut

Kate Nyhan, MLS, is the research and education librarian for public health at Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University. She is also a lecturer in Environmental Health Sciences at Yale School of Public Health.
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