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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 368-373

Research publications in medical journals (1992-2013) by family medicine authors - Suez Canal University-Egypt

Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Hebatallah Nour-Eldein
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, Suez Canal University, Ismailia city
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.148112

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Background: Research in family medicine (FM) provides an important contribution to its discipline. Family medicine research can contribute to many areas of primary care, ranging from the early diagnosis to equitable health care. Publication productivity is important in academic settings as a marker for career advancement. Objective: To describe the publications by family medicine researcher authors between 1992 and 2013. Materials and Methods: All full text, original articles published by family medicine researcher; author with affiliation to the Suez Canal University were collected using the internet and hand search. The journals that published for family medicine researcher authors were identified. Author characteristics were described. The trend of publications was described. All articles were analyzed for their characteristics, including the themes and study designs according to predefined criteria. Results: Along 22 years, 149 research articles were published by 48 family medicine authors in 39 medical journals. The largest category in publications was related to Family physician/Health service (FP-HS, n = 52 articles), followed by 'Patient' category (n = 42). All the studies were quantitative; the largest group was represented by cross-sectional studies (76.5%). Conclusions: The publication productivity by family medicine researchers are going to be increased. FP-HS and patient topics were mostly addressed in publications. Cross-sectional studies exceeded any other designs. There is need to put more emphasis on intervention studies. Continuous assessment and improvement of FM research production and publication is recommended.

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