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Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Telemedicine technology has been widely used in many fields including plastic surgery, burns and dermatology. However, there are few reports on telemedicine in orthopedics.

OBJECTIVE:

Based on Web of Science literature, telemedicine in orthopedics was analyzed from multiple perspectives.

METHODS:

An online retrieval of Web of Science was performed by the first author using key words “tele*medicine” “orthopaedic”. The retrieved data were statistically and quantitatively analyzed and the publication distribution information was demonstrated in words and graphs. The peer-reviewed published original articles regarding telemedicine in orthopedics were included. Articles excluded are those meeting one access; (3) documents that were not published in the public domain; (4) reviews, commentaries and corrected papers from the total number of articles.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:

165 papers regarding telemedicine in orthopedics were retrieved from Web of Science. Among these papers, 126 were original articles and rank first in number, with 6 papers highly cited (total citations > 50). The number of included papers gradually increased over the study period. Among the included journals, Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare published a great number of papers (n=36, 30.95%), followed by Telemedicine and E Health (n=8). Telemedicine in orthopedics has become one of the latest areas of interest since 2000. A SCI database-based literature analysis on telemedicine in orthopedics can help understand the current status and progress within this research field and provide valuable information for future studies.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:

Funding: the “Huimin Project” Special Funds from Ministry of Science and Technology of China, No. 2013GS410101; the Science and Technology Major Projects of Henan Province, No.121100111100

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