Rehabilitation research from a non-English speaking country published in peer-reviewed English journals - The Japanese experience

Meigen Liu, Kimitaka Hase, Yoshihisa Masakado, Tetsuya Tsuji, Yohei Otaka, Naoichi Chino

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Purpose: To study the status of contribution by non-English speaking countries to international rehabilitation literature taking Japan as an example, and to suggest recommendations to overcome the language barrier. Method: Descriptive study using a systematic MEDLINE search with outcome measures of annual numbers and proportions of articles by Japanese physiatrists published in peer-reviewed English rehabilitation journals, and of categories and types of studies. A database containing 292 relevant articles were used for analysis. Results: The publications have steadily increased annually both in absolute number and in proportion. The number was the largest for Arch Phys Med Rehabil (16.8%), followed by Am J Phys Med Rehabil (12.3%), Prosthet Orthot Int (8.6%), Disabil Rehabil (5.1 %) and so on. The percentage by category was the highest for stroke (26.0%), followed by spinal cord injury (11.6%), neurophysiology (11.6%) and amputation (6.2%), 67.8% of the articles were related to evaluation, 6.5% to outcome studies and 25.7% to therapy. The majority were descriptive studies (45.5%), followed by case control studies (13.0%), before-and-after trials (12.3%), case reports (7.2%) and others. Conclusion: The contribution from Japan to international rehabilitation literature is increasing. Measures were suggested to facilitate more scientific contribution by non-English speaking researchers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1304-1311
Number of pages8
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Volume25
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Dec 2

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Rehabilitation
Japan
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Communication Barriers
Neurophysiology
Spinal Cord Injuries
Amputation
MEDLINE
Publications
Case-Control Studies
Stroke
Research Personnel
Databases
Rehabilitation Research
Therapeutics
Physiatrists

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  • Health Professions(all)

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Rehabilitation research from a non-English speaking country published in peer-reviewed English journals - The Japanese experience. / Liu, Meigen; Hase, Kimitaka; Masakado, Yoshihisa; Tsuji, Tetsuya; Otaka, Yohei; Chino, Naoichi.

In: Disability and Rehabilitation, Vol. 25, No. 22, 02.12.2003, p. 1304-1311.

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