Magazine article Times Higher Education

Call for Better Protocols to Cut Research Waste

Magazine article Times Higher Education

Call for Better Protocols to Cut Research Waste

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Biomedical scientists need to tighten their methods and ensure that work is reproducible to stop wastage in research, according to a study.

The report is part of a series of papers published in The Lancet on 8 January that propose sweeping changes to research conduct, reporting, management and regulation to boost the value of biomedical research.

More than $240 billion (Pounds 147 billion) was spent on such research worldwide in 2010, according to a commentary on the series.

In one of the papers, John Ioannidis, professor of health research and policy at Stanford University, and colleagues write: "Correctable weaknesses in the design, conduct and analysis of biomedical and public health research studies can produce misleading results and waste valuable resources." Overhauling these processes could lead to research that better contributes to health improvements, they argue.

Among the problems listed are the lack of detailed written protocols, the misuse of techniques to indicate statistical power, and the insufficient consideration of previous or ongoing studies. …

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