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Medical, health and wellness tourism research – a review of the literature (1970-2020) and research agenda

Medical, health and wellness tourism research – a review of the literature (1970-2020) and research agenda

Zhong, L, Deng, B, Morrison, Alastair ORCID: 0000-0002-0754-1083, Coca-Stefaniak, J. Andres ORCID: 0000-0001-5711-519X and Yang, L. (2021) Medical, health and wellness tourism research – a review of the literature (1970-2020) and research agenda. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (20):10875. ISSN 1661-7827 (doi:https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182010875)

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Abstract

Medical, health and wellness tourism and travel represent a dynamic and rapidly growing mul-ti-disciplinary economic activity and field of knowledge. This research responds to earlier calls to integrate research on travel medicine and tourism. This research critically reviews the literature published on these topics over a 50-year period (1970 to 2020) using CiteSpace software. Some 802 articles were gathered and analyzed from major databases including the Web of Science and Scopus. Markets (demand and behavior), destinations (development and promotion), and de-velopment environments (policies and impacts) emerged as the main three research themes in medical-health-wellness tourism. Medical-health-wellness tourism will integrate with other care sectors and become more embedded in policy-making related to sustainable development, espe-cially with regards to quality of life initiatives. A future research agenda for medi-cal-health-tourism is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: medical-health-wellness tourism; bibliometric analysis; thematic analysis; research agenda
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Faculty of Business > Tourism Research Centre
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Last Modified: 18 Oct 2021 09:50
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/34144

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