To investigate the number and content of articles on pediatric medicine in
family medicine journals.
Computerized survey in PubMed of the abstracts of all papers published
between 2000 and 2002 in four family medicine journals. Abstracts were
classified as research or nonresearch. Papers dealing with pediatric
medicine were further categorized by main subject area.
Two North American family medicine journals and two British family medicine
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES
Number and content of abstracts in family medicine journals: research or not
research, describing children only or including adults.
Of 1199 abstracts reviewed, 947 (79%) were from research articles and 252
(21%) from nonresearch articles. Of the research abstracts, 73 (7.7%)
related to pediatric problems, and 28 (3%) related to both pediatric and
adult problems. Of the nonresearch abstracts, 22 (8.7%) involved pediatric
patients and 7 (2.8%) combined pediatric and adult populations. In all,
nearly 11% of the articles related to pediatric issues. The most common
subjects were infectious disease (26%), adolescent medicine (15%),
organization of medical care (12%), and asthma (12%).
Although pediatric care is an essential part of family practice, the
percentage of papers on pediatric medicine in family medicine journals is
small. We propose that more papers related to pediatric issues be submitted
to family medicine journals, which serve as the main source of medical
information for family physicians.