INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to conduct a bibliometric analysis of medical specialty dissertation studies conducted in Family Medicine departments and clinics between 2000 and 2020.
METHODS: This descriptive study was conducted between 2000 and 2020 by examining 1628 dissertations in the field of family medicine specialization. In the first process, information regarding the dissertation was recorded. In the second process, the conversion of dissertations into articles was evaluated. The journal indexes, Q classification and citation numbers of the dissertations publications were determined.
RESULTS: 1009 (61.98%) of the students were female. 977 (60.01%) of the dissertations belonged to university hospitals. The number of dissertations in which the title of advisor associate professor was 579 (35.56%). Preventive health services were the most frequently selected topic in the dissertations (8.66%). Descriptive/cross-sectional studies were the most preferred research type, with 1414 (86.85%) dissertations. Project support, laboratory, and radiological tests have decreased significantly over the years (p<0.05). 458 (28.13%) of the dissertations were published in any journal. Considering the databases of the publications, 92 (20.09%) were published in SCI/SCI-Expanded.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: About a quarter of the theses have been published in any journal, and there has been a noticeable increase in publications in international indexes in recent years. Theses with research type of case-control, intervention, laboratory and radiologic test use were more likely to be published. Concordantly, it is advised to give precedence to studies situated higher on the evidence pyramid, allocate sufficient funds to finance research, and increase backing for projects.