Introduction With an increased longevity achievable with current therapeutic strategies for persons with HIV infection, Quality of Life (QoL) has emerged as a significant medical outcome, and its enhancement has an important goal. Though lacking clarity of definition, assessment of QoL assumes significant as a constellation of HIV-related symptoms negatively affect it. Nevertheless present literature has focused on the various domains of QoL in different setting, an analysis of their pattern of publication and their impact on the vertical transmission of knowledge is vital for a holistic approach in the management of HIV. Hence this study was aimed to analyse the trends of such articles using a new article level metric measure, the Relative Citation Ratio (RCR) which has been published in peer-reviewed journals.
Methods Publications during 1993–2013 were collected using appropriate search words, their RCR and associated factors like total citations, citations per year were calculated.
Results The trend of publications seems to increase from a mere 69 publications in 1995–97 to 423 articles between 2010–2013. However the mean RCR seems to be constant throughout the study period, with an overall mean RCR value of 1.42. Further only 9.5% of the published articles had an RCR value of above 3.
Conclusion Though not designed to be an indicator of long-term impact, citation rates have the potential to track patterns of scientific productivity over time. Data from the present findings sheds light that though the publication trend is increasing, the relative citation of the articles published on QoL is constant, well below the acceptable average. Hence efforts should be directed to improve the quality of research in this field, as this information could be used by various professional societies, individual scientists, and funding organisations to frame essential policies regarding the improvement of the QoL and thus promote positive health amongst this population.
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