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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2019 August;154(4):386-91

DOI: 10.23736/S0392-0488.18.05864-9

Copyright © 2018 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Clinical research in Dermatology: resources and activities associated with a higher scientific productivity

Alejandro MOLINA-LEYVA , Miguel A. DESCALZO, Ignacio GARCÍA-DOVAL

Piel Sana Foundation AEDV, Research Unit of the Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venerelology, Madrid, Spain



BACKGROUND: Clinical research papers and their derived metrics can be useful to assess the scientific production of medical and research centers. Diverse factors are probably associated to differences in scientific production. But there are scarce studies analyzing them. Resources are limited and have to be distributed efficiently. The objective of this study was to explore what resources and activities are potentially associated with a higher scientific productivity.
METHODS: A bibliometric study was performed to obtain information about scientific productivity. Papers included had to meet criteria to be considered clinical research in dermatology, additionally had to be published between the years 2005-2014, had to be included in Pubmed or Embase and had to include a Spanish center of dermatology as the correspondence address. Information about research resources and activities of the year 2015 was gathered by means of an online survey sent to the authors identified in the bibliometric study.
RESULTS: The search strategy returned 8617 papers and only 1104 of them (12.81%) met the inclusion criteria. 63 out of 113 centers responded to the survey (55.75%). Factors associated with a higher scientific productivity were: the size of the resident program, the amount of time specifically dedicated to research, a lower clinical workload, and the number of clinical trials performed in the last year.
CONCLUSIONS: We have demonstrated that some factors are associated with a higher scientific productivity. Residency program, more research staff, clinical workload redistribution and research motivation/initiatives are key strategies that could improve scientific productivity of a center.


KEY WORDS: Bibliometrics; Biomedical research; Dermatology

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