Blog entry by Meguid El Nahas

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by Meguid El Nahas - Monday, 15 May 2017, 12:33 PM
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I read this month (May 2017) Kidney International whilst in an emerging country teaching to emerging doctors on clinical aspects of Kidney Disease.

Once more, I found very few articles of relevance to those practicing clinical nephrology, never mind those practicing it in emerging countries...

Only 6 of 23 publications were useful or relevant, the rest was more suitable information for researchers in western academic institutions where research on Treg lymphocytes, Zipper proteins, myeloid derived suppressor cells, mitochondrial targeted peptide, alpha-klotho or autophagy is of relevance or interest...

KI, the publishing organ of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN), should pay more attention to jobbing nephrologists at the sharp end of patients' care than basic science researchers in their ivory towers.

the ISN has insisted for decades that it pays particular attention to nephrology in Emerging countries with a number of initiatives supporting such mission and assertion.

However, its major journal, KI, doesnt seem consistent with that mission. I urge the editor of KI and its Editorial Board to give clinicians a better read and to give those practicing in emerging countries more than 2-3 articles/issue of relevance to their clinical practice and CNE!

In answer to the question: Is KI Fit For Purpose? I would say: 

YES, for Western Privileged, high economies, Academia, with limited clinical impact...

NO, for Nephrologists in deprived low and Middle economy countries, who struggle to keep renal diseases and their ravages at bay...

KI may be fit for a purpose...but not the most relevant!

 

 

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