The Journal Of Bone & Joint Surgery

3191 Words May 6th, 2015 13 Pages
Study Design: Review
Objective: To conduct a scoping review, and to determine trends and characteristics of spine research published by The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS) from 2005 to 2015.
Method: A PubMed search of all studies published in JBJS from 2005 to 2015 was performed using the keyword “spine”. A similar search was conducted on the JBJS website from 2005 to 2015 using the keyword “spine”. The study by Gartsman et al (2005) was used as the main reference for this study.
Results: Studies were more likely to be of a higher level of evidence (Level I or II) (53.57%) than of a lower level of evidence (Level III or IV). Level-I, II, and III studies (21.43%) had a higher likelihood of having an author with an advanced degree in addition to a medical degree than Level-IV studies (2.86%). Studies with three or more authors (97.14%) were more common than studies with only one or two authors (2.86%). There were more positive studies (53.93%) than non-positive studies (negative studies= 16.85%; neutral studies= 29.22%).
Conclusion: The study shows improvement in trends of spine research published by JBJS over the past decade, which suggests an acknowledgement in the development of research techniques and methods.

INTRODUCTION
The quality of research performance has improved over the past few decades. Improvements in research have helped to significantly impact our understanding, treatment, and management of diseases. As research performance…
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