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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1

Indian spine journal – A new beginning

Director Professor and Head, Department of Orthopaedics, University College of Medical Sciences and GTB Hospital, New Delhi, India

Date of Web Publication17-Jan-2018

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Anil K Jain
University College of Medical Sciences and GTB Hospital, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/isj.isj_44_17

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Jain AK. Indian spine journal – A new beginning. Indian Spine J 2018;1:1

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Jain AK. Indian spine journal – A new beginning. Indian Spine J [serial online] 2018 [cited 2021 Jan 23];1:1. Available from: https://www.isjonline.com/text.asp?2018/1/1/1/223448

The balanced application of the evidence for clinical decision-making is the central point of practicing evidence-based orthopedics. According to evidence-based medicine principles, it involves integration of our clinical expertise, and judgment, patients perception and social values and with the best available research evidence.[1]

The evidence can only be generated by methodologically conducted research. Hence, the quality of evidence depends on the quality of thoughts in design and conduction of research. Even if the research is conducted, it should be available to others for use in patient care and as a foundation for future research.[2]

The information about new evidence can be gathered by listening to the talk of researchers (oral presentation). The message, as delivered in talks, is not available to everyone and particularly to those who are not available in lecture halls at a specified time. The oral presentations are targeted to particular audience, and information provided may not always be based on scientific evidence.

The article once published in peer-reviewed journals are critically looked in for scientific merit of the conclusions and are retrievable beyond human life and can be read far and wide by the researchers/clinicians. If the journals are peer reviewed, the research articles which have already been critically evaluated by peers for its scientific validity, are solid evidence to be applicable for future research and clinical application.

The subspecialty of spine has no journal available in India. India contributes to one-fifth of world's population and of spine cases of the world. Unfortunately, we do not have epidemiological data on disease burden of spinal pathologies in India. However, indirect estimates can be made based on American indices to the Indian population. It would be less than actual. Roughly, we get 6.5 lakhs traumatic spine cord injury cases, over 1 lakh spine cases are affected by pyogenic and tuberculous infection, and over 50 lakhs of degenerative and age-related disease. Since we do not have uniform availability of expertise and infrastructure and those patients may not universally get new standard treatment thus, we see the natural history of spinal diseases and cases reach us as a late presentation in advance stage. Such spectrum of cases and complexity is usually not observed by Westerners.

It is important we conduct clinical research to be made available to surgeons working in limited resource country. With this aim, the Association of Spine Surgeons of India has launched a web-based, peer-reviewed, open access Indian Spine Journal (ISJ). The ISJ will aim to provide high-quality, peer-reviewed research articles. The journal will strengthen the level of research and clinical care of spine ailments in both developing and developed countries.

The launching of a new journal is like having a baby where labor is painful, but in the end, we have something to show. The just born child has to be nurtured till the child is fully grown and attain maturity and wisdom to effectively contribute to the society. We all spine surgeons have to nurture this budding ISJ so that it becomes indexed, high impact factor journal and I believe “Together we can achieve the cherished goal.”

I wish to make an appeal to all spine surgeons to contribute to ISJ as an author, reviewer, and reader.

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Bhandari M, Jain AK. Evidence-based orthopedics: One step closer! Indian J Orthop 2011;45:3.  Back to cited text no. 1
Jain AK. Scientific communication. Indian J Orthop 2007;41:1-2.  Back to cited text no. 2
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