Dugas, Michel J. and Anderson, Kristin G. and Deschenes, Sonya S. and Donegan, Eleanor
Generalized anxiety disorder publications: Where do we stand a decade later?
Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 24
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2010.05.012
The purpose of this study was to extend previous work examining publication rates for the anxiety disorders and publication topics for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Specifically, we examined anxiety disorder publication rates in MEDLINE and PsycINFO from 1998 to 2008. The results show: 1) that with the exception of panic disorder, there was a significant increase in the annual rate of publications for every anxiety disorder; 2) that GAD had the second lowest annual rate of publications in every year – with no more than 8% of anxiety disorder publications devoted to GAD in any given year; and 3) that GAD publications focused more often on treatment (44%) than on descriptive issues (26%), process issues (22%), and general reviews (8%). Given that citation analysis appears to be a valid indicator of research progress, the current findings suggest that research on GAD continues to lag behind research on most other anxiety disorders.
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