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Does Family Medicine Need Another Journal?

Richard Roberts

 

Using “Family Medicine” as a search term generates 82 journals in the National Library of Medicine (NLM) catalog. After eliminating journals that have little to do with Family Medicine, journals that are discontinued, and journals that are duplicates, there remain about 40 current Family Medicine journals that are indexed in NLM’s Medline.

It is estimated that there are about 14000 biomedical journals in publication with about 40% of them, or 5800, approved for inclusion and indexed in Medline (1). Family Medicine journals therefore represent less than 1% of indexed journals, or about 40 out of 5800. The irony is that the proportion of all health system encounters that occur in primary care ranges from about half (United States) to more than 9 out of 10 (United Kingdom) (2,3). So, in effect, while primary care clinicians provide the majority of health care services around the world, they are asked to do so with less than 1% of the indexed knowledge base. We have a long way to go. 


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