Show simple item record Tieman, JJ Abernethy, A Currow, DC
dc.coverage.spatial United States 2011-04-15T16:46:27Z 2010-06
dc.identifier.citation J Palliat Med, 2010, 13 (6), pp. 669 - 675
dc.description.abstract INTRODUCTION: Accessing new knowledge as the evidence base for hospice and palliative care grows has specific challenges for the discipline. This study aimed to describe conversion rates of palliative and hospice care conference abstracts to journal articles and to highlight that some palliative care literature may not be retrievable because it is not indexed on bibliographic databases. METHODS: Substudy A tracked the journal publication of conference abstracts selected for inclusion in a gray literature database on . Abstracts were included in the gray literature database following handsearching of proceedings of over 100 Australian conferences likely to have some hospice or palliative care content that were held between 1980 and 1999. Substudy B looked at indexing from first publication until 2001 of three international hospice and palliative care journals in four widely available bibliographic databases through systematic tracing of all original papers in the journals. RESULTS: Substudy A showed that for the 1338 abstracts identified only 15.9% were published (compared to an average in health of 45%). Published abstracts were found in 78 different journals. Multiauthor abstracts and oral presentations had higher rates of conversion. Substudy B demonstrated lag time between first publication and bibliographic indexing. Even after listing, idiosyncratic noninclusions were identified. DISCUSSION: There are limitations to retrieval of all possible literature through electronic searching of bibliographic databases. Encouraging publication in indexed journals of studies presented at conferences, promoting selection of palliative care journals for database indexing, and searching more than one bibliographic database will improve the accessibility of existing and new knowledge in hospice and palliative care.
dc.format.extent 669 - 675
dc.language eng
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartof J Palliat Med
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1089/jpm.2009.0273
dc.subject Abstracting and Indexing as Topic
dc.subject Access to Information
dc.subject Australia
dc.subject Databases, Bibliographic
dc.subject Hospice Care
dc.subject Humans
dc.subject Information Storage and Retrieval
dc.subject MEDLINE
dc.subject Palliative Care
dc.subject Periodicals as Topic
dc.subject Research
dc.subject User-Computer Interface
dc.title Not published, not indexed: issues in generating and finding hospice and palliative care literature.
dc.type Journal Article
dc.description.version Version of Record en_US 2010-6-0 en_US
duke.description.endpage 675 en_US
duke.description.issue 6 en_US
duke.description.startpage 669 en_US
duke.description.volume 13 en_US
dc.relation.journal Journal of palliative medicine en_US
pubs.issue 6
pubs.organisational-group /Duke
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/School of Medicine
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/School of Medicine/Clinical Science Departments
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/School of Medicine/Clinical Science Departments/Medicine
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/School of Medicine/Clinical Science Departments/Medicine/Medicine, Medical Oncology
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/School of Medicine/Institutes and Centers
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/School of Medicine/Institutes and Centers/Duke Clinical Research Institute
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/School of Nursing
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/School of Nursing/School of Nursing
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 13
dc.identifier.eissn 1557-7740

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