Why clinical trial outcomes fail to translate into benefits for patients

Carl Heneghan, Ben Goldacre, Kamal R. Mahtani Clinical research should ultimately improve patient care. For this to be possible, trials must evaluate outcomes that genuinely reflect real-world settings and concerns. However, many trials continue to measure and report outcomes that fall short of this clear requirement. We highlight problems with trial outcomes that make evidence … More Why clinical trial outcomes fail to translate into benefits for patients

Why on earth do we waste so much research? – podcast

The broad aim of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine is to develop, teach and promote evidence-based health care and provide support and resources to doctors and health care professionals to help maintain the highest standards of medicine. Many of the talks are taken from the Oxford Evidence-Based Health Care Programme and delivered by members … More Why on earth do we waste so much research? – podcast

RCGP/SAPC Yvonne Carter award 2016

  Professor Yvonne Carter CBE was an outstanding and inspirational leader who had a remarkable impact on academic general practice. To commemorate her contribution to primary care research the Royal College of General Practitioners, through its Scientific Foundation Board, and the Society for Academic Primary Care have jointly instituted the Yvonne Carter Award for Outstanding … More RCGP/SAPC Yvonne Carter award 2016

Can randomised controlled trials be more efficient?

In a previous blog, we discussed the value of reducing waste by conducting appropriate and timely systematic reviews. But how might we increase research efficiency? Well-conducted randomised controlled trials remain the most reliable way to demonstrate the true efficacy and cost-effectiveness for the majority of medical treatments. However, they are not without limitations. The average … More Can randomised controlled trials be more efficient?

Is there enough patient and public involvement in medical education?

As a GP my duties as a doctor include working in partnership with patients. As a researcher I am increasingly aware and in natural agreement with the involvement of patients and members of the public in all stages of applied research. The NIHR INVOLVE team, which encourages active public involvement in NHS, public health and social care research programs, is … More Is there enough patient and public involvement in medical education?