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European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2015 August;51(4):469-75

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Fate of abstracts presented at the 2008 European Congress of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

Allart E., Beaucamp F., Tiffreau V., Thevenon A.

PRM unit, Hospital Swynghedauw, Lille University Hospital, Lille, France


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The subsequent full-text publication of abstracts presented at a scientific congress reflects the latter’s scientific quality. The aim of this paper was to evaluate the publication rate for abstracts presented at the 2008 European Congress of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ECPRM), characterize the publications and identify factors that were predictive of publication. It is a bibliography search.
We used the PubMed database to search for subsequent publication of abstracts. We screened the abstracts’ characteristics for features that were predictive of publication among abstracts features, such the status of the authors, the topic and the type of work. We performed univariate analyses and a logistic regression analysis.
Of 779 abstracts presented at ECPRM 2008, 169 (21.2%) were subsequently published. The mean time to publication was 12±15.7 months and the mean impact factor of the publishing journals was 2.05±2.1. In a univariate analysis, university status (P<10-6), geographic origin (P=10-3), oral presentation (P<10-6), and original research (P<10-6) (and particularly multicentre trials [P<0.01] and randomized controlled trials [P=10-3]) were predictive of publication. In a logistic regression analysis, oral presentation (odds ratio [OR]=0.37) and university status (OR=0.36) were significant, independent predictors of publication.
ECPRM 2008 publication rate and impact factor were relatively low, when compared with most other national and international conferences in this field. University status, the type of abstract and oral presentation were predictive of subsequent publication.

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