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Electronic bibliographic tools for incorporating social science research into health care must be improved

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 24 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:257
  1. Richard Cookson, Research officer (,
  2. Luke Archard, Research officer,
  3. David McDaid, Research office
  1. r LSE Health, London School of Economics, London WC2A 2AE

    EDITOR—Will the new database that the National Institutes of Health is proposing be dominated by clinical and laboratory science and give short shrift to social science?1 Electronic bibliographic tools for social science research into health care remain underdeveloped and inadequate. This problem needs to be addressed by the healthcare community if healthcare practice is to be informed by systematic evidence from the social sciences.

    Funding bodies worldwide are paying an increasing amount of money to social scientists (often economists) to generate …

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