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Research trends in British gastroenterology: publication rates in newly appointed NHS consultants over a nine year period
  1. A D Hopper,
  2. R Atkinson,
  3. L Prtak,
  4. D S Sanders
  1. Gastroenterology and Liver Unit, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr A D Hopper
    Room P39 P Floor, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Glossop Rd, Sheffield S10 2JF, UK;

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It has been suggested that medical research within the UK may be in decline.1,2 Possible explanations for this could be the shortened training scheme created by the Calman Specialist Registrar (SpR) post, reduced availability of research funding, or the progressive expansion of the consultant body (as a government imperative to provide a consultant delivered service).1–4 Although this may be the perception, there has previously been no published evidence to demonstrate a reduction in research output. In this study, we wished to observe any overall trend in the number of publications and higher degrees that trainees (in gastroenterology) have at the time of their National Health Service (NHS) consultant appointments over a nine year period.

Participants, methods, and results

All consultant appointments and place of training were noted over a fixed period from February 1993 …

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