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Table 2 Bibliometric analysis: number and percentage of papers in Medline on idiopathic scoliosis related to the outcome considered, and search strategy used.

From: Why do we treat adolescent idiopathic scoliosis? What we want to obtain and to avoid for our patients. SOSORT 2005 Consensus paper

Outcome Word used for Medline search (combined with idiopathic scoliosis) Papers found
   Number Percentage
Scoliosis Cobb degrees (radiographic lateral flexion) Cobb 395 16.65%
Back Pain Pain 207 8.73%
Kypho-lordosis Cobb degrees (radiographic lateral alignment) Coronal, Lordosis, Kyphosis, Sagittal combined with Cobb, Radiology 197 8.31%
Self control of posture – Sensory motor integration of the corrective ideal pattern Posture 163 6.87%
Perdriolle degrees (radiographic rotation) Rotation combined with Cobb, Radiology 156 6.58%
Progression in adulthood Progression AND Adult, Adulthood 109 4.60%
Balance – Improved processing of vestibular input – Equality of weight bearing Balance 107 4.51%
Movement of the vertebral column (sagittal plane) – Improved body motor awareness and motor learning skills Movement 97 4.09%
Breathing function – Exercise efficiency Breath, Respiration, Ventilation 87 3.67%
Aesthetics Aesthetics, Appearance, Cosmetic, Cosmesis 85 3.58%
Rib hump Hump, Prominence, Bunnell (NOT author) 79 3.33%
Psychological well-being Psychology 72 3.04%
Knowledge and understanding of scoliosis Knowledge, Belief, Concern 72 3.04%
Quality of life Quality of life 35 1.48%
Disability Disability 29 1.22%