Medical Literature Network Analysis

networks of collaboration

Scholars have recently begun to pay more attention to the challenge of patient hand-offs, the problematic procedure for the transfer of patient care between medical professionals. We created and analyzed a citation network from this literature to evaluate the structure and growth of the corpus. The analysis confirmed the suspicions of domain experts: two distinct communities of doctor and nurse related literature exist, and citation between the two communities is not as common as the conceptual overlap may warrant. Additionally, the analysis determined that literature on nurse handoffs seem to cite within their community much more. My team's analysis provided support for and was credited in an article by Professor Michael Cohen and Brian Hiligoss to be published by in Quality and Safety in Health Care.

Skills: Information Visualization, Exploratory Data Analysis, Statistical Analysis, Network Analysis
Fall 2008