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Research waste

How systematic reviews can reduce waste in research

11 Feb, 16 | by BMJ Clinical Evidence

Paul Glasziou

Iain ChalmersBy Paul Glasziou and Iain Chalmers

This blog was originally written for thebmj and posted on bmj.com/blogs

 

If you asked a member of the public “Should researchers review relevant, existing research systematically before embarking on further research?” they would probably be puzzled. Why would you ask a question with such an obvious answer? But in the current research system, researchers are only rarely required by research funders and regulators to do this. more…

Is 85% of health research really “wasted”?

11 Feb, 16 | by BMJ Clinical Evidence

Paul GlasziouIain ChalmersBy Paul Glasziou and Iain Chalmers

This blog was originally written for thebmj and posted on bmj.com/blogs

 

Our estimate that 85% of all health research is being avoidably “wasted” commonly elicits disbelief. Our own first reaction was similar: “that can’t be right?” Not only did 85% sound too much, but given that $200 billion per year is spent globally on health and medical research, it implied an annual waste of $170 billion. That amount ranks somewhere between the GDPs of Kuwait and Hungary. It seems a problem worthy of serious analysis and attention. But how can we estimate the waste? more…

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