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We need better ways to create new hypotheses and select those to test

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7991 (Published 27 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7991

Re: We need better ways to create new hypotheses and select those to test

I am heartened to read Davidoff's "call to arms" for future hypothesis generation to move beyond traditional boundaries.
As a full-time physiotherapist who undertook an MSc to improve my research knowledge, it can be difficult for full-time employees to collect data, analyse it and collaborate with like-minded individuals at a grass roots level. Any work I have done has been in my own time, at my own expense.
My own interests in back pain and recent insights into femero-acetabular impingement (FAI)have recently been boosted by promising collaborations with colleagues at the University of Nottingham. On the 20th March 2013 there is a full day of lectures and workshops to optimise the clinician and academic relationships within the East Midlands.
Small scale observations allowed patterns to be identified to label diseases such as toxic shock syndrome and Legionairre's. Can we now champion the clinician once more with the added bonus of University faculties helping us out, the enthusiastic majority?

Competing interests: No competing interests

28 December 2012
Owen D Moore
Physiotherapist
Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Trust
Ilkeston Hospital, DE7 8LN
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