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Academic Productivity in the Field of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery from 1996 to 2019 in Regard to National Economic indicators among the countries of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development
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  • Lee Slutzky,
  • Shlomi Ritz,
  • Tsahi Lerman,
  • Olga Reitblat
Lee Slutzky
Hadassah University Hospital
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Shlomi Ritz
Hadassah University Hospital
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Tsahi Lerman
Rabin Medical Center
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Olga Reitblat
Rabin Medical Center
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Abstract

Abstract Background: The relation between health investment and research has been portrayed previously in several medical fields, showing a positive relation between economic resources and academic yield. Purpose: To assess the relations between various economic and bibliometric parameters in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery (ORL-HNS) of the OECD countries. Methods: Data regarding bibliometric parameters in ORL-HNS; number of publications, citations, citations per document and H index, between the years 1996 and 2019, were gathered from the Scimago Journal and Country Rank source. These data were then analysed in several breakdowns – seldom county, regional and language comparisons, in order to assess variations in ORL-HNS scholar activity. Economic data regarding each OECD country; GDP per capita, total health expenditure as percent of the GDP and GERD as percent of the GDP were gathered from the OECD and World Bank websites. The correlation between economic and bibliometric indicators was analysed. Results: Among 209,949 documents analysed, a strong correlation was found between H index and health expenditure (r=0.734, p=0.000), and a moderate connection was found between H index and both GDP per capita (r=0.459, p=0.005) and GERD as percent of GDP (r=0.579, p=0.000). Health expenditure showed the strongest correlations to bibliometric parameters. Nonetheless, most data showed some degree of positive correlations between economics and scholar productivity. Conclusion: This study emphasizes the positive relation between scholar productivity and economic indicators, mostly health expenditure, in the OECD countries in the field of ORL-HNS, implying the importance of health investment to ORL-HNS research.