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Study reveals poor state of medical research

According to the study published in ‘Current Medicine Research and Practice’, only 25 (4.3%) of the institutions produced more than 100 papers a year and these accounted for 40.3% of the country’s total research output.

A handful of institutes, a majority of them publicly-funded, account for the bulk of research output from medical institutions in India. At the other extreme, nearly 60% of institutes did not have a single publication over a decade. Moreover, states that have the largest number of private medical colleges produce very little of research publication.

This was revealed in a study on the research output of all institutions in India during 2005-14 using Scopus, the largest database of peer-reviewed literature. The evaluation done by Dr Samiran Nundy, gastrointestinal surgeon and dean of Ganga Ram Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, along with two colleagues, looked at 579 institutes recognised by the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the National Board of Examinations (NBE), which conducts the largest portfolio of examinations in medicine in India.

According to the study published in ‘Current Medicine Research and Practice’, only 25 (4.3%) of the institutions produced more than 100 papers a year and these accounted for 40.3% of the country’s total research output. Over 57% or 332 of the medical colleges did not have a single publication during this period while over 90% of NBEaffiliated colleges in Karnataka and Kerala had none.

The top 10 medical institutes under MCI were AIIMS, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, Christian Medical College in Vellore, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow , King George Medical College in Lucknow , Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, Tata Memorial Centre in Mumbai, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore, Institute of Medical Sciences of Banaras Hindu University , and Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi.

Source:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/health-news/Study-reveals-poor-state-of-medical-research/articleshow/51921293.cms

Rema Nagarajan | TNN | Apr 21, 2016, 10.43 AM IST

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