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Mapping Maternal Health in the New Media Environment: A Scientometric Analysis

Version 1 : Received: 24 October 2021 / Approved: 26 October 2021 / Online: 26 October 2021 (12:17:49 CEST)

How to cite: Xie, Y.; Lang, D.; Long, C.; Tang, S. Mapping Maternal Health in the New Media Environment: A Scientometric Analysis. Preprints 2021, 2021100380 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202110.0380.v1). Xie, Y.; Lang, D.; Long, C.; Tang, S. Mapping Maternal Health in the New Media Environment: A Scientometric Analysis. Preprints 2021, 2021100380 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202110.0380.v1).

Abstract

Background: The new media provides a convenient digital platform to access, use and exchange health information. As a special group of health care, maternal is still of international concern due to their high mortality rate. Improving maternal health as a Millennium Development Goal of the United Nations is an important quest for the health care system. Scientific research provides advice on how to improve maternal health through stringent reasoning and accurate data. However, the dramatic increase of publications, the diversity of themes, and the dispersion of researchers may reduce efficiency. Objective: This study aims to analyze the research progress on maternal health under the global new media environment, exploring the current research hotspots and research frontiers. Methods: A scientometric analysis was carried out by CiteSpace5.7.R1, searching in the core database of Web of Science for articles published in English from 1998 to 2021, and combined topic words such as new media, maternal, and health. In total, 3312 articles have been retrieved, of which 2270 studies have been included for further analysis. Top countries and institutions, potentially high-impact literature, research frontiers, and hotspots were analyzed in this study. Results: The number of publications grew rapidly after 2008, from 29 publications sharply increasing to 472 publications by 2020. Research centers concentrated in Latin America, such as the University of Toronto, the University of California. The work of Larsson M, Lagan BM, Tiedje L, and Helle C had a high potential impact. Most of the research subjects were maternal and newborn babies, and the research frontiers focused on health education and maternal psychological problems. Maternal mental health, maternal and infant nutrition, weight, production technology, and equipment were hotspots. Conclusion: The development of new media has brought a new era for maternal health, characterized by psychological qualities, healthy and reasonable physical conditions, and advanced technology.

Keywords

maternal health; new media; bibliometric analysis; cited reference analysis; structural variation analysis; hot spots

Subject

MATHEMATICS & COMPUTER SCIENCE, Other

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