The 25 highest cited papers in trochanteric fractures. A systematic review.
Keywords:Hip fracture, trochanteric fracture, intertrochanteric fracture, proximal femoral fracture, bibliographic analysis
Aim: Since the elderly population grows, the amount of hip fractures continues to increase. Worldwide, the total number of hip fractures is expected to exceed six million by the year of 2050. Taking these growing trend into account, proximal femoral fractures are a very contemporary and major topic in orthopaedic and trauma surgery. Therefore, numerous papers focussing on this subject have been published in medical literature. The purpose of this study was to determine the most frequently cited scientific articles concerning trochanter fractures and to establish a ranking of the 25 highest cited papers.
Methods: The 25 highest cited articles related to trochanteric fractures were systematically searched in Thomson ISI Web of Science® by the use of defined search terms. All types of scientific papers with reference to our subject were ranked according to the absolute number of citations.
Results: The 25 most referred articles in trochanteric fractures were cited up to 405 times. Most of these articles were published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery; British Volume (32%). Most of the papers were published in the early nineties (36%). Ten countries contributed to the top 25 list, with USA as leading position.
Conclusion: The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery; British and American Volume published the highest amount of top cited articles regarding trochanteric fractures. The highest cited paper in absolute and relative numbers was published in 1995.
To our knowledge, this is the first systematic review presenting a list of the highest cited papers regarding trochanteric fractures.
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