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

Grant, Aileen; Treweek, Shaun; Wells, Mary


Aileen Grant

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practice in a timely manner and this represents an enormous waste of resources and missed opportunities. 2) Trials do not publish information about the context in which the intervention was implemented to allow the results to be transferred beyond the trial setting. 3) Health care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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 31, 2016
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 10
Pages 554-555
Institution Citation 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(10), pages 554-555. Available from:
Keywords Clinical research; Health care professionals; Clinical practice; Context


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