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

Grant, Aileen; Treweek, Shaun; Wells, Mary


Shaun Treweek

Mary Wells


The key points of this article are 1) 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practice in a timely manner and this represents an enormous waste of resources and missed opportunities. 2) Trials do not publish information about the context in which the intervention was implemented to allow the results to be transferred beyond the trial setting. 3) Health care professionals need contextual information to be able to make the judgement 'will it work in my setting'? 4) The outcome detected in the trial could be the treatment, elements of the context, the research process or a combination of all three. 5) Context is recognised as important but there is poor conceptualisation and no agreed definition. 6) Funding into methodological research is urgently required to address this problem and to stop wasting up to 85% of research investment.


GRANT, A., TREWEEK, S. and WELLS, M. 2016. Why is so much clinical research ignored and what can we do about it? British journal of hospital medicine [online], 77(Supp. 10), pages 554-555. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 10, 2016
Online Publication Date Oct 10, 2016
Publication Date Oct 31, 2016
Deposit Date Dec 15, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 11, 2017
Journal British journal of hospital medicine
Print ISSN 1750-8460
Electronic ISSN 1759-7390
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 77
Issue Supp. 10
Pages 554-555
Keywords Clinical research; Health care professionals; Clinical practice; Context
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