Time variation of some selected topics in bioethical publications

Journal of Medical Ethics 34 (2):81-84 (2008)
Abstract
Objective: To analyse the time variation of topics in bioethical publications as a proxy of the relative importance.Methods: We searched the Medline database for bioethics publications using the words “ethics or bioethics”, and for 360 specific topics publications, associating Medical Subject Heading topic descriptors to those words. We calculated the ratio of bioethics publications to the total publications of Medline, and the ratio of each topic publications to the total bioethics publications, for five-year intervals, from 1970 to 2004. We calculated the time variation of ratios, dividing the difference between the highest and lowest ratio of each topic by its highest ratio. Four topics were described, selected to illustrate different patterns of variation: “Induced Abortion”, “Conflict of Interest”, “Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome”, “Medical Education.”Results: The ratio of bioethics publications to total Medline publications increased from 0.003 to 0.012. The variation of the topic’s ratios was higher than 0.7 for 68% of the topics. The Induced Abortion ratios decreased from 0.12 to 0.02. Conflict of Interest ratios increased from zero to 0.07. The Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome ratios were nearly zero in the first three intervals, had a peak of 0.06 during 1985–9, followed by a decrease to 0.01. Medical Education ratios varied few, from 0.04 to 0.03.Conclusions: There was an increase of bioethical publications in the Medline database. The topics in bioethics literature have an important time variation. Some factors were suggested to explain this variation: current legal cases, resolution of the issue, saturation of a discussion and epidemiologic importance
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1136/jme.2006.019091
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 31,317
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Shutters, Boxes, but No Paradoxes: Time Symmetry Puzzles in Quantum Theory.Ruth E. Kastner - 2004 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 18 (1):89 – 94.
Function, Homology, and Character Individuation.Paul E. Griffiths - 2006 - Philosophy of Science 73 (1):1-25.
Selected Bioethical Questions: The Polish Perspective.Maria Nowacka - 2004 - Wydawn. Uniwersytetu W Białymstoku.
Individual Differences: Variation by Design.Anthony J. Greene & William B. Levy - 2000 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23 (5):676-677.
Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health: Selected Publications by Topic.Larry Davidson - 2004 - Journal of Phenomenological Psychology 35 (2):163-172.
Accounting for Female Strategic Variation.J. Michael Bailey - 2000 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23 (4):589-589.
Difference Mechanisms: Explaining Variation with Mechanisms.James Tabery - 2009 - Biology and Philosophy 24 (5):645-664.
Added to PP index
2010-08-24

Total downloads
4 ( #712,551 of 2,223,812 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #248,924 of 2,223,812 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.
My notes
Sign in to use this feature