Needlestick injuries: a density-equalizing mapping and socioeconomic analysis of the global research

  • Background: Needlestick injuries have caused a deleterious effect on the physical and mental health of millions of health-care workers over the past decades, being responsible for occupational infections with viruses such as HIV or hepatis C. Despite this heavy burden of disease, no concise studies have been published on the global research landscape so far. Methods: We used the New Quality and Quantity Indices in Science platform to analyze global NSI research (n = 2987 articles) over the past 115 years using the Web of Science and parameters such as global versus country-specific research activities, semi-qualitative issues, and socioeconomic figures. Results: Density-equalizing mapping showed that although a total of n = 106 countries participated in NSI research, large parts of Africa and South America were almost invisible regarding global participation in NSI research. Average citation rate (cr) analysis indicated a high rate for Switzerland (cr = 25.1), Italy (cr = 23.5), and Japan (cr = 19.2). Socioeconomic analysis revealed that the UK had the highest quotient QGDP of 0.13 NSI-specific publications per bill. US-$ gross domestic product (GDP), followed by South Africa (QGDP = 0.12). Temporal analysis of HIV versus hepatitis research indicated that NSI-HIV research culminated in the early 1990s, whereas NSI-hepatitis research increased over the observed period from the 1980s until the last decade. Conclusion: Albeit NSI research activity is generally increasing, the growth is asymmetrical from a global viewpoint. International strategies should be followed that put a focus on NSI in non-industrialized areas of the world.

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Author:Jan David Alexander GronebergORCiDGND, Hannah BraumannGND, Stefan Rolle, David QuarcooORCiDGND, Doris KlingelhöferORCiD, Axel Fischer, Albert NienhausORCiDGND, Dörthe BrüggmannORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):International archives of occupational and environmental health
Place of publication:Berlin ; Heidelberg
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2020/05/05
Date of first Publication:2020/05/05
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2023/08/03
Tag:Bibliometrics; Density-equalizing mapping; Sharp injuries; Socioeconomic analysis; Wounds
Page Number:12
First Page:995
Last Page:1006
This study was supported by BGW (Institution for Statutory Accident Insurance and Prevention in the Health and Welfare Services), Germany. Open Access funding provided by Projekt DEAL.
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The bibliometric data are owned by and have been obtained from the Web of Science database. Any researcher with access to the Web of Science database can obtain the data using the methods described in the paper. Readers who do not have access to Web of Science should contact Clarivate Analytics to obtain a license. As per Clarivate Analytics terms of use, the authors may also be able to provide limited access to data, subject to their agreement.
Dewey Decimal Classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International