J Prev Med Public Health.  2009 Jul;42(4):209-214. 10.3961/jpmph.2009.42.4.209.

South Korean Study in a Public Health: Preventive Medicine and Sports Environment

  • 1College of Physical Education, The University of Suwon, Hwaseong, South Korea. radut1@suwon.ac.kr


The aim of this study was to develop search filters able to retrieve the South Korean scientific output and relating the fields of public health, preventive medicine, and physical education, activity, fitness, exercise and sport in MEDLINE between 2000 and 2007. METHODS: The search filters were constructed and applied in MEDLINE accessed through PubMed according to the affiliation and subject. The language and place of publication were identified and the evaluation of the geographical filter performance was done. RESULTS: The search format was successfully elaborated and applied, and the articles originated, published in Korea and/or abroad focusing on the fields of public health, preventive medicine, physical education, activity, fitness, exercise and sport, added to MEDLINE between 2000 and 2007 were retrieved. Publications in six languages originated in South Korea were detected. CONCLUSIONS: A geographic search filter determined the South Korean research output, and combined with additional filters focused on specific areas. The dynamics of the scientific output followed an increased evolution in all categories. Articles were written mainly in English/Korean. Further research is recommended on developing search strategies in order to retrieve precise and reliable information.


Bibliometrics; Public health; Preventive medicine; Exercise; Motor activity; South Korea

MeSH Terms

Physical Education and Training
Preventive Medicine/*methods
Public Health/*methods
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