Sofoklis Goulas

Economist

Sofoklis Goulas

Economist

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Human Capital and Productivity in Surgery Research During a Pandemic: An Artificial Intelligence Approach

Human Capital and Productivity in Surgery Research During a Pandemic: An Artificial Intelligence Approach

During the COVID-19 pandemic, heath-care systems across the world scrambled to adjust to new operational priorities and research resources in surgery were often directed to COVID-related topics. Karamitros and Goulas (2023) documented the distribution of surgery research across the world and over time and found a 25.32% increase in surgery publications during the pandemic compared with the previous ten-year average. In this study, we investigate each country’s representation in the volume and the authors of COVID-related surgery publications since the pandemic outbreak through the end of 2022. The implications of this research are multi-fold. First, understanding country differences in COVID-19-related surgery research and human capital is crucial in identifying leaders in emerging research priorities. Second, by gauging each country’s surgical personnel’s agility to re-deploy resources during a crisis, we are able to infer the level of system and community preparedness to manage crises. Specifically, the percentage of authors in a country switching to COVID-related research during the pandemic may proxy the country’s level of response to an emergency. Effective crisis management and appropriate government and institutional response will prove crucial in designing system policies and procedures to shield against future epidemics, climate change, and geopolitical instabilities.


Co Authors : Georgios Karamitros
Outlet : British Journal of Surgery, IF: 11.782, (2023)
Link : https://academic.oup.com/bjs/article/110/9/1218/7209638
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