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Vol. 24 - Num. 94

Original Papers

Scientific publications of primary care paediatricians in Spain the last six years (2015-2020)

Paloma Comino Vázqueza, Josep Vicent Balaguer Martínezb, Marta Carballal Mariñoc, Ramona Mínguez Verdejod, Ernestina Azor Martíneze, Ana Gallego Iborraf

aPediatra. CS de Utrera Norte. Utrera. Sevilla. España.
bPediatra. CAP Sant Ildefons. Cornellà de Llobregat. Barcelona. España.
cPediatra. CS Cercera-Culleredo. A Coruña. España.
dPediatra. CS de Algemesí. Algemesí. Valencia. España.
ePediatra. UGC Virgen del Mar. Almería. España.
fPediatra. Unidad de Atención Infantil Temprana. Distrito Sanitario Málaga-Guadalhorce. Málaga. España.

Correspondence: P Comino. E-mail:

Reference of this article: Comino Vázquez P, Balaguer Martínez JV, Carballal Mariño M, Mínguez Verdejo R, Azor Martínez E, Gallego Iborra A. Scientific publications of primary care paediatricians in Spain the last six years (2015-2020). Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2022;24:149-58.

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Introduction: health care delivery should always be associated with quality research, as the scientific method is used to assess and investigate problems to identify their causes or solutions as part of an ongoing health care quality improvement process. The objective of our study was to determine the frequency with which primary care paediatricians (PCPs) in Spain contribute as authors of publications in the main national and international paediatric journals.

Material and methods: descriptive cross-sectional study. We reviewed the authorship of the articles published in every Spanish national and regional paediatric journal and in the 3 most relevant international paediatric journals in the period ranging from January 1, 2015 to June 30, 2020.

Results: the review included a total of 6398 articles, 2030 from national journals and 4368 articles from international journals. In the group of articles published in Spanish journals, we found authors that were PCPs in 410 (20.2%), with exclusive participation of PCPs in 117 (5.8%) and a PCP listed as the first author in 258 (12.7%). In articles published in international journals, 31 (0.71%) had a Spanish author in the list, and only 5 listed at least one Spanish PCP.

Conclusions: involvement in research and contribution to national scientific journals is low among PCPs. At the international level, there are few publications by Spanish paediatricians in the main paediatric journals, with an extremely low number of contributions by PCPs in these journals.


Bibliometrics Paediatrics Primary health care Research Scholarly communication



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