Polypharmacy in the elderly: A bibliometric and visualization analysis
Ghaith M Al-Taani 1 , Sayer I Al-Azzam 2 , Karem H Alzoubi 3 4 * , Waleed M Sweileh 5 , Suhaib Muflih 2
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1 Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, Yarmouk University, Irbid, JORDAN2 Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, JORDAN3 Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacotherapeutics, College of Pharmacy, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE4 Faculty of Pharmacy, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, JORDAN5 Department of Physiology and Pharmacology/Toxicology, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Nablus, PALESTINE* Corresponding Author


Background: The incidence of polypharmacy is increasing owing to population aging and the associated presence of multiple comorbidities. This study aimed to provide an extensive overview of the history and development of the scientific literature on polypharmacy.
Methods: Data were gathered from the comprehensive Scopus database and assessed using various bibliometric methods, including analyses of citations, growth patterns, and key contributors in the field.
Results: A notable upward trend in the publication rate of polypharmacy research was observed throughout the study period (1976-2022). Journal of the American Geriatrics Society emerged as the predominant platform for disseminating polypharmacy-related findings. Hughes CM from Queen’s University Belfast, the United Kingdom (UK), emerged as the most prolific author in this field. Most articles were authored by researchers affiliated with institutions in the United States (n=267), the UK (n=92), and Italy (n=72).
Conclusion: This study provides compelling evidence of the escalating interest in polypharmacy and momentum in related research, highlighting the crucial publication-related aspects and indicators in this field. The findings underline the value of bibliometric analyses as a tool for healthcare professionals. The wide dissemination, influence, and visibility of polypharmacy research in reputable scientific journals emphasize the urgent clinical need for addressing polypharmacy concerns and encourage further exploration in this area.


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Article Type: Review Article

ELECTRON J GEN MED, 2024, Volume 21, Issue 1, Article No: em555


Publication date: 01 Jan 2024

Online publication date: 15 Nov 2023

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