Naïf Alotibe1, Eman Nasim1, Talal Harbi1, Raunaq Saba Ali2, Muhammad Al Firdausi3, Shafiq Ahmad3 and Shahid Bashir1*
1Neuroscience Center, King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
2Department of Bioinformatics and Bioscience, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Pakistan
3Industrial Engineering Department, King Saud University Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
*Corresponding Author: 3Industrial Engineering Department, King Saud University Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Received: August 19, 2020; Published: September 26, 2020
Objective: To assess the progress in the field clinical Parkinson’s disease (PD) in kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), by analyzing in depth the research output productivity and publication pattern, and to identify the current situation of PD research and offer solutions.
Method: Literature search strategy was designed to retrieve accessible articles that are related to PD utilizing PubMed, Google Scholar, and Embase. The retrieved articles were analyzed with several parameters including “journal name, impact factor, year of publication, the affiliation of the first author, city, study design, population, citation numbers, study title and database”.
Results: Of all identified articles, 41 were conducted in KSA and therefore were included. The included articles had a frequency of only 0.52% publications from 1992-2011, and growth of 75.6% between the periods of 2012-2020. Only 5% of the articles were related to surgical options to treatment of PD but the majority (95%) were related to medical treatment of PD. The most common study design was retrospective studies in 27.27%.
Conclusion: Pattern of publications in PD researches revealed a slow growth rate in the frequency and a lower significance in the quality throughout the past 28 years. Active institutional and national promotion of clinical research is needed to help assess and therefore improve the quality of the provided PD services.
Keywords: Parkinson’s Disease; Parkinsonism; Levodopa; Movement Disorders; Neurodegenerative; Bradykinesia
Citation: Shahid Bashir., et al. “Publication Pattern of Clinical Parkinson’s Disease Research in Saudi Arabia". Acta Scientific Neurology 3.10 (2020): 48-55.
Copyright: © 2020 Shahid Bashir., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.