The analysis of Sub- Saharan African surgical publications

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Alimoğlu O. , Çolapkulu N., Leblebici İ. M.

Congress on Health in Africa, İstanbul, Turkey, 20 June - 21 July 2017, pp.53-54

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.53-54


The Analysis of Sub- Saharan African Surgical Publications Prof. Dr. Orhan Alimoğlu, Nuray Çolapkulu, Metin Leblebici Istanbul Medeniyet University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of General Surgery, Turkey E-mail: Introduction: Some of the countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), following gained independence, made financial investments into education and health, especially for the training of health workers and research scientists. But still most of the significant scientific contributions from SSA emerge from collaborative work with western countries. Some of the graduate physicians left their countries as a result of financial and security reasons. Highly trained biomedical scientists and doctors are also remunerated and they practice in other fields due to issues such as lack of laboratories, institutions or funding. Methods: This study was conducted via searching the database of PubMed by using the words “Sub-Saharan Africa, AND Surgery”, between 01.01.2016 and 31.12.2016.  Congress on Health in Africa 54 ABSTRACTS Results: A total of 582 articles were found and reviewed. Irrelevant 305 (52%) articles were excluded. There were 277 (48%) surgical articles and 82 (30%) of the studies were conducted in the field of general surgery which were reviewed for this study. Fourty-two (51%) articles were published by local scientists from 15 SSA countries; 15 (18%) articles by the researhers outside of Africa and 25 (30%) articles were collaboration studies between African and western countries. Twenty (24%) articles were published in African based journals whereas 62 (76%) were published in international journals. The most common topics among articles were gastrointestinal system diseases, trauma and breast cancer, respectively. Conclusions: In conclusion the number and subjects of publications held by local