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Global Mapping of Research Trends on Interventions to Improve Health-Related Quality of Life in Asthma Patients

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Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Department of Internal Medicine, Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Respiratory Center, Bach Mai Hospital, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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Center of Excellence in Evidence-based Medicine, Nguyen Tat Thanh University, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam
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Institute for Global Health Innovations, Duy Tan University, Da Nang 550000, Vietnam
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Faculty of Pharmacy, Duy Tan University, Da Nang 550000, Vietnam
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Faculty of Medicine, Duy Tan University, Da Nang 550000, Vietnam
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Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA
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Department of Psychological Medicine, National University Hospital, Singapore 119074, Singapore
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Institute for Health Innovation and Technology (iHealthtech), National University of Singapore, Singapore 119077, Singapore
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Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119228, Singapore
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Center of Excellence in Behavioral Medicine, Nguyen Tat Thanh University, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(10), 3540; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103540
Received: 30 March 2020 / Revised: 11 May 2020 / Accepted: 12 May 2020 / Published: 19 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bibliometric Studies and Worldwide Research Trends on Global Health)
Globally, approximately 335 million people are being affected by asthma. Given that asthma is a chronic airway condition that cannot be cured, the disease negatively impacts physical health and results in losses of productivity of people experiencing asthma, leading to decrease in quality of life. This study aims at demonstrating the research trends worldwide and identifying the research gaps in interventions for improving quality of life of patients with asthma. Bibliometric approach and content analysis, which can objectively evaluate the productivity and research landscapes in this field, were utilized. In this study, we systematically quantified the development of research landscapes associated with interventions for improving quality of life of people experiencing asthma. Along with the gradual growth in the number of publications, these research topics have relatively expanded in recent years. While the understanding of the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of asthma has been well-established, recent research has showed high interest in the control and management of asthma. Findings of this study suggest the need for more empirical studies in developing countries and further investigation into the effects of environment factors on asthma outcomes, as well as the economic burden of asthma. View Full-Text
Keywords: scientometrics; content analysis; text mining; interventions; asthma; quality of life; HRQoL scientometrics; content analysis; text mining; interventions; asthma; quality of life; HRQoL
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Phan, H.T.; Vu, G.V.; Vu, G.T.; Ha, G.H.; Pham, H.Q.; Latkin, C.A.; Tran, B.X.; Ho, C.S.; Ho, R.C. Global Mapping of Research Trends on Interventions to Improve Health-Related Quality of Life in Asthma Patients. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3540.

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