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The medical device development landscape in South Africa: Institutions, sectors and collaboration

de Jager, K; Chimhundu, C; Saidi, T; Douglas, TS; (2017) The medical device development landscape in South Africa: Institutions, sectors and collaboration. South African Journal of Science , 113 (5-6) , Article 2016-0259. 10.17159/sajs.2017/20160259. Green open access

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Abstract

A characterisation of the medical device development landscape in South Africa would be beneficial for future policy developments that encourage locally developed devices to address local healthcare needs. The landscape was explored through a bibliometric analysis (2000–2013) of relevant scientific papers using co-authorship as an indicator of collaboration. Collaborating institutions thus found were divided into four sectors: academia (A); healthcare (H); industry (I); and science and support (S). A collaboration network was drawn to show the links between the institutions and analysed using network analysis metrics. Centrality measures identified seven dominant local institutions from three sectors. Group densities were used to quantify the extent of collaboration: the A sector collaborated the most extensively both within and between sectors; local collaborations were more prevalent than international collaborations. Translational collaborations (AHI, HIS or AHIS) are considered to be pivotal in fostering medical device innovation that is both relevant and likely to be commercialised. Few such collaborations were found, suggesting room for increased collaboration of these types in South Africa.

Type: Article
Title: The medical device development landscape in South Africa: Institutions, sectors and collaboration
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.17159/sajs.2017/20160259
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/sajs.2017/20160259
Language: English
Additional information: © 2017. The Author(s). Published under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence
Keywords: Science & Technology, Multidisciplinary Sciences, Science & Technology - Other Topics, bibliometrics, co-authorship, social network analysis, translational collaboration, foreign influence, CO-AUTHORSHIP, CLOSENESS CENTRALITY, REGRESSION-ANALYSIS, NETWORK ANALYSIS, SOCIAL NETWORKS, RESEARCHERS, PERFORMANCE, INNOVATION, RANKING, IMPACT
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Surgery and Interventional Sci > Department of Ortho and MSK Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10033936
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