Evaluating the Published Critical Care Research from the World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Region

Mohamad Elaibaid, Lama H. Nazer, Lama Shaikha, Nada Al-Qadheeb, Ruth Kleinpell, Keith M. Olsen, Feras Hawari

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Abstract

Objectives: Evaluation of published research in a region provides insight into relevant aspects of clinical care and research priorities. This study aimed to provide a comprehensive assessment of the type of critical care research published in the World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean region (EMR) over a 10-year period. Results: During the study period (2007-2016), the search strategy revealed 4303 publications, of which 1537 were included in the analysis; studies were excluded for the following reasons: not critical care, conducted in non-EMR countries, editorials, case reports, in-vitro or animal studies, as well as those conducted in multiple countries and those that evaluated foreign military personal. Countries varied in the number of publications produced, ranging from none in Somalia to 620 in Iran. The majority of the studies were observational (78%), evaluated adults (73%), and the most common areas of research were infectious (29%) and respiratory (10%) diseases. Median sample size was 120 and the mean (SD) impact factor of the journals in which the articles were published was 1.02 (0.7).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number32
JournalBMC Research Notes
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 18 2019

Keywords

  • Critical care
  • Developing countries
  • Eastern Mediterranean
  • Research
  • Research output
  • Research productivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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