Ann Fr Anesth Reanim 2011 Dec 27;30(12):905-8. Epub 2011 Oct 27.
Pôle de médecine d'urgence, samu 31, hôpital Purpan, CHU de Toulouse, 31059 Toulouse cedex 9, France.
Introduction: The development of emergency medicine in France and its valuation can take place only through acknowledged scientific publications. The aim of our study was to analyze the publications of French teams in emergency medicine since 2006.
Material And Methods: Observational, descriptive study, from January 1st, 2006 to December 31st, 2010 including, thanks to Medline, studies related to emergency medicine with, as keywords, "medicine d'urgences; urgences; emergency; emergency medicine; French; France" the names of heads of the emergency departments, of the urgent medical aid services (samu) and of anaesthetics services in mainland France. Data collection focused on the type of study, subject, place of conducting the study and grade of international quality.
Results: Three hundred and twenty-five publications were listed: 39% (n=126) of the studies were carried out in prehospital. We identified 28% of observational studies (n=92), 20% of randomized prospective (n=66), 19% of cohorts (n=62), 18% of case reports (n=59), 10% of clarifications (n=32) and 4% of general reviews (n=11). The most frequent theme was the cardiology (38% of cases). The most favourite journal was the Annales françaises d'anesthésie et de réanimation (Afar) (18%, n=57).
Conclusion: The release of French studies in emergency medicine is increasing, with an improvement in the quality of the published studies. All these results demonstrate the progress made since five years in emergency medicine in France but also the work that remains to be done in our rising medical specialization.