Thoracic surgical research in decline.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Medical research (Analysis)
Medicine, Experimental (Analysis)
Private sector (Analysis)
Chest (Surgery)
Chest (Health aspects)
Pub Date: 08/01/2009
Publication: Name: South African Medical Journal Publisher: South African Medical Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 South African Medical Association ISSN: 0256-9574
Issue: Date: August, 2009 Source Volume: 99 Source Issue: 8
Product: Product Code: 8000200 Medical Research; 9105220 Health Research Programs; 8000240 Epilepsy & Muscle Disease R&D NAICS Code: 54171 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences; 92312 Administration of Public Health Programs
Geographic: Geographic Scope: South Africa Geographic Code: 6SOUT South Africa
Accession Number: 262583611
Full Text: Linegar and colleagues (5) investigated the scope and trends in clinical research in South African thoracic surgery over 50 years (between 1955 and 2006) and measured itshe impact on clinical practice.

They found that the peak productivity occurred between 1980 and 1989, with a total of 99 publications (9.9 publications per year). University publications decreased markedly after the 1980's with a shift to the private sector. The private sector provided 14% of the national output after 2000, placing it third in the rankings of publications after the University of Cape Town (31) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (11) since 1955. Clinical observations in thoracic surgery comprised 77% of all publications.

The study indicates the vulnerability of a small specialty in a developing country and the need to rekindle the interest and culture of research.

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