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Research collaboration in health management research communities

Chichen Zhang1, Qi Yu2, Qinghua Fan3 and Zhiguang Duan4*

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1 School of Public Health, Shanxi Medical University, South Xinjian Road, Taiyuan, China

2 Department of Information Management, Shanxi Medical University, South Xinjian Road, Taiyuan, China

3 Division of International Cooperation and Exchange, Shanxi Medical University, South Xinjian Road, Taiyuan, China

4 School of Public Health, Shanxi Medical University, South Xinjian Road, Taiyuan, China

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BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2013, 13:52  doi:10.1186/1472-6947-13-52

Published: 23 April 2013



This study uses scientometrics methodology to reveal the status quo and emerging issues of collaboration in health management.


We searched all the articles with the keyword “health management” in the period 1999–2011 in Web of Knowledge, then 3067 articles were found. Methods such as Social network analysis (SNA), co-authorship, co-word analysis were used in this study.


Analysis of the past 13 years of research in the field of health management indicates that, whether the production of scientific research, or authors, institutions and scientific research collaboration at the national level, collaboration behavior has been growing steadily across all collaboration types. However, the international scientific research cooperation about health management study between countries needs to be further encouraged. 17 researchers can be seen as the academic leaders in this field. 37 research institutions play a vital role in the information dissemination and resources control in health management. The component analysis found that 22 research groups can be regarded as the backbone in this field. The 8 institution groups consisting of 33 institutions form the core of this field. USA, UK and Australia lie in the center by cohesive subgroup analysis; Based on keywords analysis, 44 keywords with high frequency such as care, disease, system and model were involved in the health management field.


This study demonstrates that although it is growing steadily, collaboration behavior about health management study needs to be enhanced, especially between different institutions or countries/regions, which would promote the progress and internationalization of health management. Besides, researchers should pay attention to the cooperation of representative scholars and institutions, as well as the hot areas of research, because their experience would help us promote the research development of our nation.

Health management; Co-authorship; Network; Collaboration