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J Med Toxicol. 2006 Sep;2(3):97-100.

Publication of abstracts presented at 2001 NAACT.

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New York City Poison Control Center, NY, USA. csmollin@medsfgh.ucsf.edu

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

The timely and formal publication of material presented as abstracts at national meetings is critical to the dissemination of new information to the medical community. We designed a retrospective study to evaluate the publication rates of abstracts presented at a recent national toxicology conference. In addition, we attempted to determine whether readily identifiable characteristics could predict a greater likelihood of publication.

METHODS:

In June of 2004, we reviewed 237 abstracts from the 2001 North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology (NACCT). Abstracts were classified according to methodology and content. We then searched Medline, using PubMed, to determine the publication of each abstract.

RESULTS:

Fifty-seven of 237 abstracts (24.1%) were subsequently published in peer reviewed journals. There was no statistically significant difference in the rate of publication when abstracts were categorized with respect to methodology. When categorized with respect to content, abstracts related to natural toxins had a higher publication rate (41.2%; p < 0.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

Three years after presenting abstracts at the 2001 NACCT meeting, the majority of abstracts remain unpublished. This is a lower rate than noted by other specialty medical societies.

PMID:
18072126
PMCID:
PMC3550150
DOI:
10.1007/bf03161017
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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