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Arch Iran Med. 2010 Jan;13(1):17-20.

Trauma research in Iran: a report of the Sina Trauma Data Bank.

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Sina Trauma and Surgery Research Center, Sina General Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.



Injuries are a major health problem in developing countries. Recently, the occurrence of injuries and those related to mortality have increased dramatically in Iran. We have conducted this study to report domestic research publications in the field of trauma from 2000 to 2006 in Iran.


The contents of 128 biomedical journals were analyzed. Sina Trauma Data Bank (STDB) was selected as an indicator of trauma related articles that have been published in Iranian biomedical journals.


The number of trauma related articles in Iran increased during the seven year period (2000 - 2006), but the percentage of total publications was not significantly different. The mean number of authors per article was 2.7+1.3 (1 to 12) and all first authors were Iranian. Females constituted 15.4% (n=156) of first authors. Original articles were the most frequently published articles (n=871; 86.2%). Treatment of injuries and ensuing complications were the most common topics (42%) followed by war injuries (14.1%). Traffic accidents, as the leading cause of trauma death in Iran, were investigated in 27 (2.7%) articles.


According to our results, it seems that more attention from researchers and health-policy makers towards trauma is necessary in our country. In addition, publishing a journal with the main theme of injury and trauma could be an effective means for increasing the proportion of trauma related articles.

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