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Why is so much clinical research ignored and what can we do about it? (Editorial)

Grant A, Treweek S & Wells M (2016) Why is so much clinical research ignored and what can we do about it? (Editorial), British Journal of Hospital Medicine, 77 (Supplement 10), pp. 554-555.

Key points 

  • Research evidence from clinical trials is not being translated into clinical practice in a timely manner and this represents an enormous waste of resources and missed opportunities. 
  • Trials do not publish information about the context in which the intervention was implemented to allow the results to be transferred beyond the trial setting. 
  • Health care professionals need contextual information to be able to make the judgement ‘will it work in my setting?’ 
  • The outcome detected in the trial could be the treatment, elements of the context, the research process or a combination of all three. 
  • Context is recognised as important but there is poor conceptualisation and no agreed definition. 
  • Funding into methodological research is urgently required to address this problem and to stop wasting up to 85% of research investment.

AuthorsGrant Aileen, Treweek Shaun, Wells Mary
Publication date10/2016
Publication date online10/10/2016
PublisherMA Healthcare
ISSN 1750-8460

British Journal of Hospital Medicine: Volume 77, Issue Supplement 10

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