Document Type : Articles


1 Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Health Research Institute, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, I.R. Iran

2 Babol University of Medical Sciences

3 Librarian, Alamdar public library, Sari, Iran

4 Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

5 Department of General Courses, School of Medicine Babol University of Medical Sciences


The purpose of this study is to evaluate the World Science Productions in the field of religion and health using co-word analysis.The research reviewed scientific documents indexed from 1958 to 2019 on Web of Science (WoS). For analyzing the data and drawing the scientific map, Ravar Matrix and Vosviewer tools were used.The data analysis shows that Iran provided only 1.52 percent of global scientific production in this field with 32 scientific documents, and countries such as the US, UK, and Germany are ahead of the others. The co-word analysis shows that the most important topics include spirituality and health, mental health, and medical ethics. In the past 60 years of studies on the three major religions of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, the relation of spirituality and health has been one of the most significant topics. The findings suggest that the role of spirituality cannot be ignored in promoting the health of communities.   


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