The contribution of Greek gastroenterologists in the international clinical and basic research of inflammatory bowel disease

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2007 (EN)
The contribution of Greek gastroenterologists in the international clinical and basic research of inflammatory bowel disease (EN)

Triantafillidis, J.K.
Merikas, E.G.
Malgarinos, G.

Aim: To assess the contribution of Greek gastroenterologists in the international literature as far as the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease) are concerned. Materials- Methods: Scientific articles published by Greek gastroenterologists were identified in the international scientific data base PubMed using the key-words: Greece, gastroenterology, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease. The studies were divided according to their subject of interest in epidemiological, clinical, case reports, therapy, and studies of basic research. The journal and year of publication, the impact factor of the journal and the origin of the study were recorded. Reviews concerning IBD were not taken into account. Results: During a period of 20 years (1986- 2006) 91 research papers were identified. The geographic area in which the study was performed, the type and the number of studies as well as the total number of studies in each geographic area, are shown in the table. Studies originated mainly from 4 geographic departments of the country with almost equal contribution concerning the number of papers but with quite different kind of research. All studies were published in 30 different medical journals with impact factor ranging from 1 to 12. The gastroenterology department of University of Crete contributed with basic research and epidemiological studies, the gastroenterology department of the general hospital of Nicea (Piraeus) with clinical studies and studies concerning treatment and case report studies, the department of gastroenterology of "Evangelismos" hospital with studies concerning treatment and the gastroenterology department of the University of Ioannina with studies of basic research and epidemiology. During the 5-year period of 1986-1990, ten studies were published, during 1991-1995 eight studies, during1996-2000 twenty-two studies and during 2001-2005 fifty-one studies. Conclusion: The contribution of Greek gastroenterologists in the research of IBD in Greece is quite satisfactory mainly during the last decade. Most of the studies were performed in four centers of the country having special interest in IBD research. Key Words: Inflammatory bowel disease, Ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, Clinical research, Basic research (EN)




Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology (EN)

Annals of Gastroenterology; Volume 20, No 3 (2007) (EN)

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