It was an impressive announcement. Partners’ flagship hospitals—Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH)—contributed the most academic papers to the world’s leading medical journals last year.
The list, compiled annually by the venerable Nature publishing group, revealed that researchers affiliated with MGH published 457 articles in 47 of 68 high-quality journals tracked annually by that organization. BWH was the second most published health care research organization in 2015.
In an article published about the Nature Index, MGH scientific director Sue Slaugenhaupt, MD commented on the MGH approach and its emphasis on close collaboration between researchers and practicing physicians.
What’s remarkable here is the focus on real-world problems. That’s very different from basic research institutions. The nitty-gritty of how is still important and we don’t want to discount that, but we’re adding in how can we helpSue Slaugenhaupt, MD