Institutional Collaboration in Plastic Surgery Research: A Solution to Resource Limitations
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CitationCuriel, Daniel. 2019. Institutional Collaboration in Plastic Surgery Research: A Solution to Resource Limitations. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard Medical School.
AbstractPurpose: The current climate of health care reform and research funding restrictions presents
new challenges for academic plastic surgery. Collaboration with private enterprise has been
associated with greater research productivity in the general biomedical literature. This study
seeks to analyze publication trends in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS) to evaluate any
changes in institutional collaboration over time.
Methods: Bibliographic data were retrospectively analyzed for all original research and
discussion articles published in PRS from 2012 to 2016. The institutional affiliation for each
publication was characterized from its author list as solely academic, private, government, or
combinations of these (defined here as “institutional collaborations”). Annual National Institutes
of Health (NIH) funding data were also collected over the same period, and associations were
analyzed by linear regression.
Results: In total, 2,595 publications were retrieved from PRS between 2012 and 2016, of which
2,027 (78.1%) originated solely from academic institutions and 411 (15.8%) from institutional
collaborations. Although the proportion of academic only publications decreased from 82% to
74%, the proportion of institutional collaborations increased from 10% to 20% (P = 0.038).
Concurrently, NIH funding declined from $33.4 billion to a low of $30.7 billion, which was
associated with the decreasing proportion of academic-only publications (P = 0.025) and
increasing proportion of institutional collaborations (P = 0.0053).
Conclusions: Traditional sources of academic research funding have been restricted during the
politically and financially tumultuous recent years. With no signs of improving access to
financial resources from the NIH, academic plastic surgeons may consider diversifying their
institutional partnerships to continue pioneering advances in the field.
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