Knowledge for better healthBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7475.1120 (Published 11 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1120
- Kamran Abbasi, acting editor (email@example.com)
This month's world report on knowledge for better health makes common cause with medical journals.1 Its focus on research has encouraged this week's theme issue,2 a series of articles in the Lancet,3 and a theme issue in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.4 What is more, all these publications kick off a ministerial summit and this year's global forum for health research in Mexico, both of which will address the issue of failing research in failing health systems. Indeed, after a lengthy consultation process, “strengthening health systems” is the subtext of all this activity.
“There is a gap between today's scientific advances and their application: between what we know and what is actually being done,” says Dr Lee Jong-wook, the World Health Organization's director general. This is a familiar riff, particularly to readers of our recent theme issue on whether evidence based medicine makes a difference to patients.5 Some experts now believe that evidence based medicine …