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Global health research needs to focus on clinical trials to deliver products for patients, says report

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3031 (Published 27 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3031
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

The focus of investments into global health research should switch from basic research to clinical trials to translate the findings from the past 10 years into products that benefit people, says a report from two international charities.

The US government provided about $12.7bn (£7.8bn; €9.5bn) in global health research over the past decade, 45% of total world investment and 70% of all government investment in the field, says the report.

It found that 45 new health tools were registered between 2000 and 2010, and the US government was involved in 24 (53%) of them.

The 90 page report was written by the Global Health Technologies Coalition—40 US-based charities …

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