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Doctors cite lack of time as greatest barrier to research

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 15 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1488
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

A lack of time and money are the biggest barriers to doctors undertaking research, a report by the Royal College of Physicians has found.1

The survey of 2000 doctors asked them to rate a variety of barriers to research on a scale from zero to five. The barriers that respondents rated as having the biggest impact were difficulties in applying for, and receiving, both protected time and funding.

Respondents also said that the ethics approval process put them off—although the survey was carried out before the introduction of the simplified …

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