Mapping the Literature of Occupational Therapy: An Update (Report)

Mapping the Literature of Occupational Therapy: An Update (Report)

INTRODUCTION In 1997, the Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section (NAHRS) of the Medical Library Association (MLA) launched the “Mapping the Literature of Allied Health Project.” From its inception, the project has employed a common bibliometric methodology, based in part on Bradford’s Law of Scattering [1], to analyze or “map” the bibliographic patterns at play in a variety of allied health disciplines, including occupational therapy, the discipline covered by the present study. Barbara F. Schloman, AHIP, the original project editor and author of one early study [2], encapsulated the project’s overarching rationale: “Because bibliographic references that appear in journal articles provide a measurable path of information transfer occurring within a field, it is possible to assess quantitatively the characteristics of the literature of that field: the type of literature used, its currency, the core journals, and the extent of dispersion of the journal literature” [3]. To date, the allied health project has given rise to fifteen mapping studies covering a diverse range of allied health disciplines [4]. As of this writing, athletic training [5] and health care management [6] are the two most recent allied health disciplines to be included in the project. The companion project covering nursingrelated fields has produced seventeen studies [7].

Mapping the Literature of Occupational Therapy: An Update (Report)



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