Bibliometric Analysis of Publications on Pandas Syndrome in Psychiatry Research Area

Şevik A. E.

Pediatric Practise and Research, vol.11, no.2, pp.61-68, 2023 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


Aim: Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS Syndrome) is a neuropsychiatric disorder whose diagnosis and treatment are controversial. The goal of this study was to highlight trends and discuss problems in Pandas Syndrome research since 1998 and to assist researchers in identifying new avenues for this field of study. Material and Method: The Vosviewer program was used to conduct bibliometric analysis on the articles chosen from the Web of Science Core Collection. Results: The analysis included 361 publications. 2004 was the year with the highest number of publications. In the following years, the number of publications followed an irregular course. The most cited publications were published in 2021 and these publications received 881 citations. The United States (n=191,52.91%), Italy (n=43,11.91%), England (n=32,8.86%), Germany (n=18,4.98%), Sweden (n=13,3.60%), Turkey (n=13,3.60%) and Spain (n=10, 2.77%) were detected as the mostly publishing countries. The United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Germany were the countries with the largest number of countries and the most cooperation between countries. The National Institute of Mental Health, Yale University, and Johns Hopkins University were the most prolific institutions. Conclusion: With this study, we reviewed the global studies on PANDAS in the field of psychiatry and tried to highlight the issues that can be identified as emphasis. According to the study findings, the number of publications on PANDAS is still much lower than expected. Scientific productivity on PANDAS syndrome, which has many unknowns about diagnosis, treatment and etiology, needs to be increased globally.