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BOLIVAR-MEJIA, Adrián. Scientific research in tuberculosis: bibliometric assesment of the colombian contributions to the literature. Revista médica Risaralda [online]. 2013, vol.19, n.1, pp.4-9. ISSN 0122-0667.

Introduction: Tuberculosis (TB) is an important public health problem, globally as well in Colombia. For these reasons more actions in health and research should be intensified. A bibliometric assessment of the colombian contributions to the biomedical literature on TB with the objective to determinate the level of production on it was done. Methods: Bibliometric study of the colombian production on TB in the databases MEDLINE/GOPUBMED (1809-2012), SCOPUS (1959-2012), SCIELO Colombia (2004-2012) and IMBIOMED (2005-2012). Ah kind of studies, analyzing by years, international cooperation (IC), publication origin city (POC), publication journal (PJ) and authors with more contribution (AMC) were included. Results: at MEDLINE, 232 articles were found (0.12% from the total on TB, 0.49/100,000 hab.), from them 52.2% were 2005-2012, mean 2007-2011 of 19.6±5.1. IC was recorded in 21.9%. Bogotá, Medellín and Cali published 65.52% of the articles, 16.4% at Biomédica, 5.2% at Revista de Salud Pública and 4.3% at IJTLD. At MEDLINE the AMC was Luís F. García (Universidad de Antioquia). At SCOPUS results were similar to MEDLINE (n=168, 0.08%). At SciELO only 29 records were found (out of 30) and at IMBIOMED 35 (of 513, 6.8%). Discussion: scientific production on TB in Colombia is low, not just comparing it with developed countries (UsA, 4.08 articles/100,000 hab.) but also with others in Latin America with even lower TB incidence such as Chile (19 cases/100,000 hab.) but with a better productivity 2.2 times higher (1.09 articles/100,000 hab.). A higher promotion of research, beginning in undergraduate studies, better interaction between public and private organizations, as well more academic and international cooperation, would allow to decrease those gaps, increase scientific publication and let that the application of that generated knowledge in the same country contribute to improve the TB epidemiology and different aspects of disease.

Keywords : tuberculosis; bibliometrics; scienciometrics; publications; Colombia.

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