Increasing value and reducing waste in biomedical research: who’s listening? By D Moher et al.

In January 2014, the Lancet – one of the leading medical journals – published a series of articles on improving value and reducing waste in research.

Below are direct links to the individual articles, which are freely available for download from the publisher’s website.

Comment (2014)

How should medical science change? By S Kleinert and R Horton

Biomedical research: increasing value, reducing waste by M R Macleod et al.

Series (2014)

How to increase value and reduce waste when research priorities are set by I Chalmers et al.

Improving value and reducing waste in research design, conduct, and analysis by JPA Ioannidis et al.

Increasing value and reducing waste in biomedical research regulation and management by R Al-Shahi Salman et al.

Increasing value and reducing waste: addressing inaccessible research by A-W Chan et al.

Reducing waste from incomplete or unusable reports of biomedical research by P Glasziou et al.

Viewpoint (2009)

This series is related to an article published by The Lancet in 2009:

Avoidable waste in the production and reporting of research evidence by I Chalmers & P Glasziou.

One comment on “Articles
  1. Andrew Sutton says:

    Another cause of wasted research is when a sponsor runs out of funds. This happened to me when I was medical director of a small British biotech company, Regen Therapeutics plc, and they had leading and unique treatments for Alzheimer’s and neurological degenerative disorders (Colostrinin(R) and brain damage including strokes (zolpidem). These two projects are safe, inexpensive, effective in well-designed clinical trials and capable of immense benefits to patients plus savings to the NHS but they are in absolute limbo. The NIHR is a step in the right direction but the priorities that decide what they fund are not known. There is a need for this to be not only transparent but publicised more widely.

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