Is German Medical Education Research on the rise? An analysis of publications from the years 2004 to 2013

Ackel-Eisnach, Kristina; Raes, Patricia; Hönikl, Lisa; Bauer, Daniel; Wagener, Stefan; Möltner, Andreas; Jünger, Jana; Fischer, Martin R (2015). Is German Medical Education Research on the rise? An analysis of publications from the years 2004 to 2013. GMS Zeitschrift für medizinische Ausbildung, 32(3), Doc30. German Medical Science 10.3205/zma000972

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Objectives: The point of departure for the present work is the observation that, in comparison with Anglo-American countries or the Netherlands, Germany was responsible for only a marginal number of international publications in the field of medical education research before 2004. Recent years, however, have seen an increase in the importance of medical education research in Germany. The objective of this article is to evaluate the extent to which this trend can be substantiated by increased German publishing activity since the year 2004 in international, English-language journals in the subject area of “medical education research”. Methods: In the framework of a literature and content analysis, German-author articles from the years 2004 to 2013 in six international, English-language medical education research journals were evaluated. In order to obtain an overview of German research activity in this area, all project and original works with German first and last authors were identified and subjected to a more in-depth content analysis. Results: In total, 10,055 articles were examined. The evaluation shows that between the years 2004 and 2013 179 articles (of which 145 are project or original works) by German authors were published in the journals examined. Fluctuations over the course of time were evidenced. The project and original works are primarily cross-sectional studies (27.8%) and randomised control studies (25.6%) on the subject of “teaching and learning methods” (43.6%). Conclusions: In comparison with the years 2004-2008, a significant rise can be seen in the number of publications by German education researchers in international journals since the year 2009.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute for Medical Education
04 Faculty of Medicine > Medical Education > Institute for Medical Education > Education and Media Unit (AUM)

UniBE Contributor:

Bauer, Daniel

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1860-3572

Publisher:

German Medical Science

Language:

English

Submitter:

Daniel Bauer

Date Deposited:

19 Aug 2016 13:34

Last Modified:

19 Aug 2016 13:40

Publisher DOI:

10.3205/zma000972

PubMed ID:

26413168

Uncontrolled Keywords:

content analysis; international publication; literature analysis; medical education research

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.86187

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/86187

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