Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11889/8368
Title: The Profile of non-communicable disease (NCD) research in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region: analyzing the NCD burden, research outputs and international research collaboration
Authors: Aggarwal, Ajay 
Patel, Preeti 
Lewison, Grant 
Ekzayez, Abdulkarim 
Coutts, Adam 
Fouad, Fouad 
Shamieh, Omar 
Giacaman, Rita 
Kutluk, Tezer 
Abdul Khalek, Rima 
Lawler, Mark 
Boyle, Peter 
Sarfati, Diana 
Sullivan, Richard 
Keywords: Medicine, Preventive - Middle East;Medicine, Preventive - North Africa;Non-communicable disease - Middle East;Non-communicable disease - North Africa
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: PLoS ONE
Abstract: Objectives: Despite the rising risk factor exposure and non-communicable disease (NCD) mortality across the Middle East and the North African (MENA) region, public health policy responses have been slow and appear discordant with the social, economic and political circumstances in each country. Good health policy and outcomes are intimately linked to a research-active culture, particularly in NCD. In this study we present the results of a comprehensive analysis of NCD research with particular a focus on cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in 10 key countries that represent a spectrum across MENA between 1991 and 2018. Methods The study uses a well validated bibliometric approach to undertake a quantitative analysis of research output in the ten leading countries in biomedical research in the MENA region on the basis of articles and reviews in the Web of Science database. We used filters for each of the three NCDs and biomedical research to identify relevant papers in the WoS. The countries selected for the analyses were based on the volume of research outputs during the period of analysis and stability, included Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11889/8368
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0232077
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