Evaluation of the Turkish Journal of Family Practice: 1997-2009
Objective: Turkish Journal of Family Practice began to be published in 1997 by Turkish Association of Family Physicians. The articles published in this journal may be the indicator of the interests of Turkish family physicians. The aim of this study is to analyze this journal as the main journal reflecting Turkish family practice from the first issue in 1997 to the last one printed in 2009 in a structural perspective.
Methods: We analyzed the Turkish Journal of Family Practice articles since 1997 beginning with the first issue to the last issue of the 2009 in terms of number, content and topic of the studies.
Results: There were 13 volumes and 44 issues printed in 13 years. 4 issues were regularly printed each year except 1999 in which two combined issues and 2000 and 2001 in which a single combined issue were printed. There were 418 articles in total 303 of them (72.5%) were articles in research, review, continuing medical education, case report and letters to the editor. Among all articles, 150 (35.9%) were resesarch articles, 73 (17.5%) were reviews and 38 (9.1%) were continuing medical education articles.
Conclusions: This study only shows the articles of Turkish family physicians in Turkish Journal of Family Practice during 13 years. Efforts about continuing medical education in this journal should especially be appreciated.