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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 32-37

Disaster and emergencies health articles in Iranian peer reviewed journals: A bibliographic review

Department of Disaster Public Health, School of Public Health; Department of Disaster and Emergency Health, National Institute of Health Research, Tehran University of Medical Science, Tehran, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Ali Ardalan
No. 78, Italia Ave, Health in Disasters and Emergencies Health Academia, School of Public Health and National Institute of Health Research, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran
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Source of Support: This study has been funded and supported by I.R.Iranís National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), Tehran University of Medical Science, Contract No. 241/M/91216, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-9019.122450

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Introduction: The aim of this study was to review the current status of health in disaster related published studies in Iran. Materials and Methods: In this bibliographic study, Iranian national scientific databases were searched by using relevant terms. The articles' titles were extracted independently from each database. Then articles were evaluated by two researchers separately in terms of the study objectives including topic, theme, authors, year of publication, type of study, and phases of disaster. Results: The search for 26 keywords led to 10,805 papers. Of these, 389 articles met the inclusion criteria of the study in which 1,152 authors participated. The average number of authors per article was 2.9. The methodologies of 20.5% of articles were review papers, 43.6% were cross-sectional, and 4.6% were case-control papers. The articles were published in 140 journals. Analysis of articles by topics showed that 27.8% were on earthquakes, 22.1% on floods, and 4.3% on drought. Analysis of articles by topics showed that 25.7% and 22.6% of papers were on the response and preparedness phases, respectively. Conclusion: The publication of disaster related articles has been growing in recent years, but the majority of health issues in disasters has not been considered seriously yet and requires further attention.

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