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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 172

Research from an Indian perspective


Date of Web Publication28-Aug-2017

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DOI: 10.4103/jiae.jiae_65_17

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Govind SC. Research from an Indian perspective. J Indian Acad Echocardiogr Cardiovasc Imaging 2017;1:172

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Govind SC. Research from an Indian perspective. J Indian Acad Echocardiogr Cardiovasc Imaging [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Sep 29];1:172. Available from: http://www.jiaecho.org/text.asp?2017/1/2/172/213684

India has seen a surge in research studies over the last decade, not just in medicine but also across all other scientific fields. But, disappointingly, this surge is still a small ripple in a very large pool, wherein actually the need of the hour is for this ripple to get bigger and move faster so as to carry this momentum to a point where it can be considered that minimum requirements are being met. It is a well-established fact that much of the published data and its related clinical outcomes obtained from studies conducted on other major ethnic groups outside India, many a times, cannot be used as a treatment or diagnostic model on an Indian population. Looking inward has now become the new catch phrase, where the awareness and importance of doing research with an intent to analyze data from an Indian perspective is now being given increasing priority. It is imperative that this dismal scenario of limited-to-scant or nonexistent Indian data in many areas is overcome at the earliest. This can be achieved to a large extent by consistently conducting large-scale, multicenter, clinical and epidemiologically driven trials. At the other end of this spectrum, one can also look to encourage single-center studies across India. However, small the study number from a single center, if done in the right manner, can still be meaningful, as small data accumulating over a long period, morphs into big data and these bigger numbers eventually provide valuable clinical patterns when seen on a larger canvas. The clinical insights thus obtained invariably lead to the creation of newer treatment or diagnostic or workflow algorithms, with special focus on Indian population.

In this issue, it is encouraging to see a single-center, fetal echo study done, where tissue Doppler has been used with an objective to establish normative data in an Indian population. The authors have shown that tissue Doppler imaging along with conventional echocardiographic parameters can be applied on a structurally normal fetal heart to assess ventricular function and also monitor variations with gestational age. In the same context, another article is an Indian guideline for stress echocardiography, which has been published for the very first time. The authors have to be commended in writing a comprehensive and landmark guideline with a very practical approach. Stress echocardiography is an important, but often underutilized test and this informative write-up should lead to more clinically indicated stress echos being done, at the same time maintaining uniformity, standards, and quality while performing this procedure. Another highlight in this issue is in the emerging field of telemedicine in India with focus on echocardiography. Technological advancements have made this type of health-care service more acceptable and also easier to implement. In a country where a large segment of the population does not have access to quality health-care services, telemedicine can bridge this gap to some extent, where quality-based accurate diagnosis and treatment can be delivered quicker and better to areas in dire need of it.

Seen from a larger perspective, medical research in India needs to drastically, not only increase in numbers, but also have a strong emphasis on the quality of research done. A study[1] published last year on medical research in India where the authors focused on studies conducted from 2005 to 2014 showed a rather unflattering picture. Out of 579 recognized medical institutions, only 25 (4.3%) produced more than 100 papers, while 332 (57%) did not produce a single paper. Top 10 medical institutes under the Medical Council of India accounted for about 40.8%, while top 25 under the National Board of Examiners contributed just 5.6%. Interestingly, most of these published studies came from centers where clinicians were found to have a very busy schedule. Hence, the explanation of being busy cannot really be a reason not to do research.

Pause for a moment in your busy clinical schedule and create time to do some research and engage in some academic writing. It is challenging, but it is possible, and it is an activity you will start to enjoy as it grows on you.

JIAE and CVI is the largest and most widely read cardiac imaging journal in India. It now has a new and focused trajectory, where it will continue to provide quality articles on echocardiography and other modalities in cardiac imaging. If you are out there doing echocardiography or cardiac computerized tomography scan or cardiac magnetic resonance imaging or nuclear imaging related to cardiology and holding an interesting case report or an interesting image or if you want to share the outcome of an important clinical study, however big or small the study is, send it to us for publication. There is no better platform than JIAE and CVI for publishing articles on cardiac imaging.

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Ray S, Shah I, Nundy S. The research output from Indian medical institutions between 2005 and 2014. Curr Med Res Pract 2016;6:49-58.  Back to cited text no. 1


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