Is statistician involvement as co-author associated with reduced time to publication of quantitative research in general medical journals? A bibliometric study.


OBJECTIVE:We aimed to compare the number of submissions until acceptance and the time to publication between articles co-authored and articles not co-authored by statisticians. METHODS:We randomly selected 781 articles published in 2016 in 18 high impact factor journals of general internal medicine and primary care. For each article, we retrieved its date of submission to the journal and its first publication; we also contacted its corresponding author and asked about the number of submissions necessary from the first submission to a journal until acceptance and whether the article was co-authored by a statistician. After having excluded qualitative studies, we compared the articles co-authored with those not co-authored by statisticians in terms of number of submissions and submission-to-publication time, using negative binomial and Cox regressions, adjusted for intracluster correlations. RESULTS:One hundred fifty-eight authors completed the questionnaire (20%); 136 articles with quantitative design were included in the study. Overall, 63 articles (46%) were co-authored by statisticians. There was no statistically significant difference in the number of submissions (statistician group: mean 2.1 (SD 1.1) versus 2.2 (SD 1.2), P value 0.87). By contrast, we found a statistically significant difference in the submission-to-publication time (statistician group: median 211 days [interquartile range (IQR) 171] versus 260 (IQR 144); hazard ratio 1.44 (95% CI 1.01-2.03), adjusted P value 0.04). CONCLUSIONS:Papers co-authored by statisticians have a shorter time to publication. We encourage researchers to closely involve statisticians in the design, conduct and statistical analysis of research, not only to ensure high standards of quality but also to speed up its publication.


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  • Effectiveness of a learner-centred training programme for primary care physicians in using a patient-centred consultation style.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:The aim of the present study was to find out if a training programme adapted to family physicians with several years of clinical experience changes their behaviour when they deal with fibromyalgic patients in the sense of introducing the communication skills that define the 'patient-centred' approach. METHOD...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 临床试验,杂志文章,随机对照试验


    authors: Moral RR,Alamo MM,Jurado MA,de Torres LP

    更新日期:2001-02-01 00:00:00

  • Seen through the patients' eyes: quality of chronic illness care.

    abstract:Background:Most well-developed healthcare systems are facing the challenge of managing the increasing prevalence of patients with chronic diseases. Comprehensive frameworks, such as the chronic care model (CCM), receive widespread acceptance for improving care processes, clinical outcomes and costs. Objective:The purp...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Desmedt M,Vertriest S,Petrovic M,Bergs J,Vrijhoef H,Dessers E,Hellings J,Vandijck D

    更新日期:2018-07-23 00:00:00

  • Incidence, patient characteristics and treatment initiated for GP-diagnosed depression in general practice: results of a 1-year nationwide surveillance study.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Despite its public health significance, data about depression in general practice are often unavailable. OBJECTIVE:To study (i) the incidence of GP-diagnosed depression during 2008, (ii) associations between patient characteristics, appraised severity and initiated treatment, (iii) GPs' usual care compared ...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Boffin N,Bossuyt N,Declercq T,Vanthomme K,Van Casteren V

    更新日期:2012-12-01 00:00:00

  • Frequency of 'warning signs of cancer' in Norwegian general practice, with prospective recording of subsequent cancer.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Early diagnosis of cancer is an important challenge in general practice. Symptoms are the most common starting points. OBJECTIVE:To assess the association between symptoms presented and subsequent cancer. DESIGN:A cohort study of all patients seen consecutively by GPs. Prospective recording of cancer diagn...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 临床试验,杂志文章


    authors: Ingebrigtsen SG,Scheel BI,Hart B,Thorsen T,Holtedahl K

    更新日期:2013-04-01 00:00:00

  • Efficacy of a district nurse programme in the follow-up of hypertensives.

    abstract::A two-year single-group study in primary health care of 223 hypertensive patients with blood pressure under satisfactory control was performed. The study investigated whether the patients could be referred to district nurses for follow-up, between visits to district physicians, without risking loss of control over the...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Lindholm L

    更新日期:1984-09-01 00:00:00

  • The effectiveness of waiting room notice-boards as a vehicle for health education.

    abstract::To determine whether patients read and remembered health promotion messages displayed in waiting rooms, 600 patients in a UK general practice were given a self-complete questionnaire. Two notice-boards carried between 1 to 4 topics over four study periods. Three-hundred and twenty-seven (55%) of subjects responded. Tw...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Wicke DM,Lorge RE,Coppin RJ,Jones KP

    更新日期:1994-09-01 00:00:00

  • What dimensions underlie patient responses to the General Practice Assessment Survey? A factor analytic study.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Patient self-report measures of primary care are being used increasingly for quality assessment and improvement. The General Practice Assessment Survey (GPAS) is a widely used measure. However, it is important that the measures used are valid and interpretable. Factor analysis is a useful method to assist in...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Bower P,Mead N,Roland M

    更新日期:2002-10-01 00:00:00

  • Work motivation, task delegation and job satisfaction of general practice staff: a cross-sectional study.

    abstract:Background:Recent research has shown that a high degree of task delegation is associated with the practise staff's overall job satisfaction, and this association is important to explore since job satisfaction is related to medical as well as patient-perceived quality of care. Objectives:This study aimed: (1) to invest...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Riisgaard H,Søndergaard J,Munch M,Le JV,Ledderer L,Pedersen LB,Nexøe J

    更新日期:2017-04-01 00:00:00

  • Item of service remuneration in general practice in the UK: what can we learn from dentists?

    abstract::In response to the UK Government's proposal to increase the proportion of general practitioner income accruing from capitation payments the General Medical Services Committee of the British Medical Association has called for an extension of fee for item of service provision in general practice. In this paper the alloc...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Birch S

    更新日期:1988-12-01 00:00:00

  • Detection of emotional problems in the primary care clinic.

    abstract::Emotional problems are an important component of general morbidity in primary care settings. Research on the sensitivity of primary care physicians to such problems is, however, scanty. This study examines the prevalence of emotional problems among 776 patients in primary care clinics in Israel using the GHQ-28 and as...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Shiber A,Maoz B,Antonovsky A,Antonovsky H

    更新日期:1990-09-01 00:00:00

  • Overall use of proctoscopy in general practice and possible relation to the stage of rectal cancer.

    abstract::Data from the Danish National Health Service records on activities of each of 146 general practices in the county of North Jutland, Denmark, were studied to determine whether the use of proctoscopy influenced the stage at which cancer of the rectum was recognized. Information for all patients in the county who receive...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Sørensen HT,Ejlersen E,Møller-Petersen J,Rasmussen HH,Olesen F

    更新日期:1992-06-01 00:00:00

  • The use of classification and regression trees to predict the likelihood of seasonal influenza.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Individual signs and symptoms are of limited value for the diagnosis of influenza. OBJECTIVE:To develop a decision tree for the diagnosis of influenza based on a classification and regression tree (CART) analysis. METHODS:Data from two previous similar cohort studies were assembled into a single dataset. T...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Afonso AM,Ebell MH,Gonzales R,Stein J,Genton B,Senn N

    更新日期:2012-12-01 00:00:00

  • Characteristics and perceptions of after-hours callers.

    abstract::After-hours care remains an important aspect of community practice although little is known about the views of either physicians or patients. This study presents an analysis of 12 499 after-hours calls made to a family practice centre over a five-year period, and 798 follow-up telephone interviews conducted with peopl...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Evens S,Curtis P,Talbot A,Baer C,Smart A

    更新日期:1985-03-01 00:00:00

  • Consultations involving people with congenital disabilities: factors that help or hinder giving care.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Previous studies have suggested that the attitudes of health professionals towards people with disability may be as negative as those of society. Further, even positive attitudes may not always be reflected in the health professional's behaviour. OBJECTIVE:The aim of this study was to examine GPs' (registra...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Muir EH,Ogden J

    更新日期:2001-08-01 00:00:00

  • Sources of information about new drugs and attitudes towards drug prescribing: an international study of differences between primary care physicians.

    abstract::Doctors in different countries completed a questionnaire relating to the importance they attributed to eight possible sources of information about a new drug, their estimation of patients' expectations of the doctor prescribing drugs under specific circumstances and their therapeutic response to common clinical genera...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Hull FM,Marshall T

    更新日期:1987-06-01 00:00:00

  • Barriers to general practitioners caring for patients with HIV/AIDS.

    abstract::This paper describes some of the barriers to caring for people with HIV and AIDS by general practitioners. It is based on a review of the literature and on interviews with individuals. The first section examines the reasons given by interviewees for their involvement in HIV and AIDS care. The next section discusses th...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章,评审


    authors: Clarke AE

    更新日期:1993-03-01 00:00:00

  • Management of urinary tract infections in female general practice patients.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Though guidelines for the management of urinary tract infections (UTI) exist in several European countries, little is known about GPs' adherence, and the appropriateness of their management with regard to antibiotic resistance. OBJECTIVES:To describe German GPs' management of female patients with symptoms o...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Hummers-Pradier E,Ohse AM,Koch M,Heizmann WR,Kochen MM

    更新日期:2005-02-01 00:00:00

  • The clinical and economic burden of fibromyalgia compared with diabetes mellitus and hypertension among Bedouin women in the Negev.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Fibromyalgia (FM) is a common idiopathic chronic, widespread pain syndrome with tenderness in anatomically defined tender points. OBJECTIVES:The purpose of the present study was to describe and characterize the economic and daily work burden of FM compared with diabetes mellitus and hypertension. METHODS:A...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Doron Y,Peleg R,Peleg A,Neumann L,Buskila D

    更新日期:2004-08-01 00:00:00

  • Inter-clinician eConsults without programmatic incentives or requirements: a qualitative study of primary care provider perspectives.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Inter-clinician electronic consultation (eConsult) programmes are becoming more widespread in the USA as health care systems seek innovative ways of improving specialty access. Existing studies examine models with programmatic incentives or requirements for primary care providers (PCPs) to participate. OBJE...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Zallman L,Fisher CF,Ladner S,Mengistu K,Rapaport AB,Bor D,He Z,Sawady J,Stavert R,Nardin R,Bajracharya A,Pels R,Sayah A

    更新日期:2020-09-05 00:00:00

  • Use of rules of thumb in the consultation in general practice--an act of balance between the individual and the general perspective.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Rules of thumb used by GPs could be considered as empirical evidence of intuition and a link between science and practice in general practice. OBJECTIVE:The purpose of the present study was to analyse the description of the application of rules of thumb with regard to different situations in general practic...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: André M,Borgquist L,Mölstad S

    更新日期:2003-10-01 00:00:00

  • Patient psychosocial factors and primary care consultation: a cohort study.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:The combined influence of psychological distress, family dysfunction and social support on primary care consultation (PCC) remains unclear. OBJECTIVE. To build an explanatory model of PCC concerning users' psychosocial factors. METHODS:We undertook a multicentre, prospective cohort study of a random sample ...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章,多中心研究


    authors: Bellón JA,Delgado-Sánchez A,de Dios Luna J,Lardelli-Claret P

    更新日期:2007-12-01 00:00:00

  • Consultation for and identification of child and adolescent psychological problems in Dutch general practice.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Child and adolescent psychological problems are rarely brought to the attention of GPs. Children and adolescents with psychological problems who do visit their GP are seldom identified as such by GPs. OBJECTIVE:To investigate in a general population sample of 2,449 Dutch children and adolescents (4-17 years...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Zwaanswijk M,Verhaak PF,van der Ende J,Bensing JM,Verhulst FC

    更新日期:2005-10-01 00:00:00

  • What do patients expect from consultations for upper respiratory tract infections?

    abstract:BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE:A cross-sectional survey was conducted amongst patients who consulted for upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) at 22 private practitioners' offices. METHOD:A total of 505 adult patients and 504 guardians (parents or grandparents of child patients) completed a self-administered questionnai...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Chan CS

    更新日期:1996-06-01 00:00:00

  • 'Can I come off the tablets now?' A qualitative analysis of heart failure patients' understanding of their medication.

    abstract:OBJECTIVE:To examine whether heart failure patients' awareness of the purpose and side effects of their medicines equips them to participate in informed discussions about treatments. DESIGN:Qualitative interviews using a maximum variation sample were collected. Interviews were analysed using constant comparison. SETT...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Field K,Ziebland S,McPherson A,Lehman R

    更新日期:2006-12-01 00:00:00

  • Advance care planning and interpersonal relationships: a two-way street.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Advance care planning (ACP) has been gaining prominence for its perceived benefits for patients in enhancing patient autonomy and ensuring high-quality end-of-life-care. Moreover, it has been postulated that ACP has positive effects on families and health professionals and their relationship with the patient...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Rhee JJ,Zwar NA,Kemp LA

    更新日期:2013-04-01 00:00:00

  • Drinking alcohol for medicinal purposes by people aged over 75: a community-based interview study.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Physicians often encounter patients using alcohol as self-medication, but studies on community level are scarce. Because of alcohol-medicine interactions, it is important to know also all self-medication used. OBJECTIVE:To describe alcohol use as self-medication by people aged over 75 years. METHODS:The ho...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Aira M,Hartikainen S,Sulkava R

    更新日期:2008-12-01 00:00:00

  • The impact of chronic diseases on the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of Chinese patients in primary care.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Ageing of the population results in an increasing number of people living with chronic diseases that can adversely affect their quality of life. Information on the impact of chronic diseases on quality of life can make health services more patient-centred. OBJECTIVES:The aim of this study was to determine t...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Lam CL,Lauder IJ

    更新日期:2000-04-01 00:00:00

  • Screening for poverty and intervening in a primary care setting: an acceptability and feasibility study.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:A movement is emerging to encourage health providers and health organizations to take action on the social determinants of health. However, few evidence-based interventions exist. Digital tools have not been examined in depth. OBJECTIVE:To assess the acceptability and feasibility of integrating, within rout...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Pinto AD,Bondy M,Rucchetto A,Ihnat J,Kaufman A

    更新日期:2019-10-08 00:00:00

  • Barriers and facilitators to the timely diagnosis of endometriosis in primary care in the Netherlands.

    abstract:BACKGROUND:Endometriosis is an invalidating gynaecological condition in women of reproductive age, and a frequent cause of infertility. Unfortunately, the condition is characterized by a long interval between onset of symptoms and diagnosis. GPs in the Netherlands are educated to provide basic gynaecological care and s...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: van der Zanden M,Teunissen DAM,van der Woord IW,Braat DDM,Nelen WLDM,Nap AW

    更新日期:2020-02-19 00:00:00

  • What is the predictive value of urinary symptoms for diagnosing urinary tract infection in women?

    abstract:OBJECTIVES:Our aim was to determine the probability of correctly diagnosing urinary tract infections (UTIs) from urinary symptoms and signs, studying their sensitivity, specificity and likelihood ratio (LR) when clinical history, signs and reactive strip test results are taken into account. METHODS:An epidemiological ...

    journal_title:Family practice

    pub_type: 杂志文章


    authors: Medina-Bombardó D,Seguí-Díaz M,Roca-Fusalba C,Llobera J,dysuria team.

    更新日期:2003-04-01 00:00:00