The Pediatric Trauma Society Annual Meeting: An Analysis Of Scholarly Output From The First Five Years
Maria Knaus1, *Gina Berg2, *Adam M Vogel3, *Jose Prince4, *Randall S. Burd5, *Ankush Gosain1
1Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, TN;2The University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita, KS;3St. Louis Children's Hospital, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO;4Cohen Children's Medical Center, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, New Hyde Park, NY;5Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC
PTS is a multidisciplinary organization with scientific presentations at its annual meeting addressing trauma care from pre-hospital through rehabilitation. The purposes of this project were to identify areas of focus of presentations at the annual meeting over the first five years of the society and to evaluate research dissemination.
Abstracts presented at the PTS meeting between 2014-2018 were identified. Data collected included titles, authors, and abstract classification. PubMed searches using titles and authors identified abstracts that resulted in publications. Journal impact factors (IF) were identified.
Over 5 years, 342/669 (51.1%) abstracts were accepted for presentation. Although the number of submitted/accepted abstracts have increased, the % acceptance has remained stable (Range 38-62%, p=NS). Epidemiology, Abdominal/Thoracic Trauma, and Neurosurgery/TBI represented the top categories. Publications related to 2014-2016 presentations were analyzed; 89/93 were published in indexed journals. Publication rate (range 42-54%) and median IF (range 2.10-2.16, overall median 2.14, range 0.11-10.25) were stable. Most papers were published in surgical journals (68.5%, 61/89) followed by pediatric journals (13.5%, 12/89). Twenty-nine percent of manuscripts were published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, the official journal of PTS.
Conclusions (implications for practice):
Most of the scholarly effort of PTS members presented at the annual meetings remains unpublished. The published work is mainly in the surgical and low IF journals. Mentorship in the publication process and continued encouragement of non-surgeon involvement in the society is needed to address limitations in the number and potential impact of the scientific content of the annual meeting.
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