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World J Psychiatry. Aug 19, 2023; 13(8): 593-606
Published online Aug 19, 2023. doi: 10.5498/wjp.v13.i8.593
Global research trends and mapping knowledge structure of depression in dialysis patients
Samah W Al-Jabi
Samah W Al-Jabi, Department of Clinical and Community Pharmacy, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, An-Najah National University, Nablus 44839, Palestine
Author contributions: Al-Jabi SW developed the concept for the manuscript, reviewed the literature, formulated research questions, collected the data, conducted analyses and interpreted the data. The author read and approved the final manuscript.
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Corresponding author: Samah W Al-Jabi, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical and Community Pharmacy, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, An-Najah National University, Academic Street, Nablus 44839, Palestine.
Received: April 17, 2023
Peer-review started: April 17, 2023
First decision: June 1, 2023
Revised: June 27, 2023
Accepted: July 14, 2023
Article in press: July 14, 2023
Published online: August 19, 2023
Research background

Depression is a prevalent psychiatric disorder among patients with end-stage renal disease. Hemodialysis patients have a significantly higher occurrence of depression than the general population. Similar to other chronic illnesses and the overall population, research indicates that depression in hemodialysis patients is linked to a diminished quality of life and heightened mortality.

Research motivation

To identify knowledge gaps and guide future research directions, it is crucial to comprehend the present status of research and areas of focus within the domains of depression and hemodialysis.

Research objectives

The objective of the research was to offer a comprehensive analysis of the existing research in the area of depression and hemodialysis through bibliometric analysis.

Research methods

A search was performed in the Scopus database to find publications on the topic of dialysis and depression from 1970 to 2022. The acquired data underwent bibliometric analysis utilizing VOSviewer software version 1.6.9. This analysis encompassed visualization, co-occurrence, and examination of publication patterns in the field of dialysis and depression.

Research results

The number of publications addressing the correlation between dialysis and depression has increased substantially over the past 20 years. Prior to 2002, the yearly publication count was below three. Nonetheless, starting from 2013, there has been a remarkable acceleration in the publication rate, surpassing 46 articles per year, specifically focusing on dialysis and depression.

Research conclusions

Three significant research topics have emerged, focusing on the varying occurrence of depression and anxiety based on gender, recognizing depression as a contributing factor to negative consequences, and assessing the effectiveness of therapies in reducing depression among individuals undergoing dialysis.

Research perspectives

The objective of this study was to determine present patterns and focal points in the domain of dialysis and depression. This will aid in directing future research and updating clinical practices. Through the utilization of bibliometric analysis, the study offers a thorough summary of the literature concerning this subject matter. Consequently, it facilitates researchers and clinicians in keeping abreast of the most recent advancements in the field.