The research trends of emergency medical services in Saudi Arabia during the period 2004 - 2018.
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Aim: This is retrospective study, the aim of this study is, to estimate the publications published in PubMed Indexed journals on the subject Emergency Medical Services (EMS) by authors participated as the first or as a participatory author associated with the institutes of Kingdome Saudi Arabia.
Methods: The data has been retrieved and collected from the PubMed/Medline database to tabulate publications in sub-specialties of emergency medical services, a pattern of author’s, annual growth and frequency of journals from the period 2009 – 2018 in Microsoft Excel 2010.
Results: There are n=241; 36.5% articles published in 88 journals in 15 years with an average of 16% articles per annum. The n=1290; 5.3% participated in the contribution of 241 articles in 15 years. Total n=61; 25.3% institutes published 241 articles. The majority n=181; 75.1% articles produced by 13, followed by n=12; 0.8% institutes and n=36; 0.4% out of 61 institutes. King Saud University, Riyadh take lead and presents n=48; 20% articles as single institute. The majority articles n=206; 85.4% were written collaboratively by multi-authors out of 241 articles. Solo or single n=35; 14.5% articles were written similar to n=35; 14.5% articles by two authors. There are 19 subjects has been considered in research, Hospital Management & Patient Transportation n=33; 13.6% with following Education (Emergency Medical Services / Sciences) n=32; 13.2%, and Trauma & General Surgery n=29; 12% take lead to researchers and got preferences to wright. In 15 years total n=241; 16% of articles were published in 88 journals. Saudi Medical Journal published maximum n=42; 24.1%, articles in the studied period.
Conclusion: This study determined the significant involvement of emergency medical service providers in producing research literature published in reputed journals. It also shows that the Government of Saudi Arabia and its society are conscious about the handling of man-made or nature made disasters with rapid response