Occupational therapy, formally organized in the United States in 1917, is considered an allied health field.
Mapping occupational therapy literature is part of a bibliometric project of the Medical Library Association's Nursing and Allied Health Resources Section's project for mapping the literature of allied health.
Three core journals were selected from the years 1995 and 1996 and a determination was made of the extent to which the cited journal references were covered by standard indexing sources.
Using Bradford's Law of Scattering three zones were created, each containing approximately one-third of the cited journal references.
The results showed that three journals made up the first zone, 117 journals the second, and 657 the third.
The most cited journal was the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
In the second zone, journals from twelve disciplines were identified.
While MEDLINE provided the best overall indexing, the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) was the only database that indexed the three most cited journals plus nine of the currently active titles in occupational therapy.
MEDLINE could improve its coverage of occupational therapy by indexing the journals of the British, Canadian, and Australian national associations.
Mots-clés Pascal : Cartographie, Littérature scientifique, Médecine travail, Traitement, Rééducation, Base donnée bibliographique, Couverture documentaire, Bibliométrie, Indexation, Citation, Information, Médecine
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Cartography, Scientific literature, Occupational medicine, Treatment, Reeducation, Bibliographical batabase, Document coverage, Bibliometrics, Indexing, Citation, Information, Medicine
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Code Inist : 002B28G. Création : 22/03/2000.