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Academic medicine: who is it for?

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:361

Applications to local research ethics committees are down by around 40%

  1. Chris Bentley, director of public health and clinical engagement (,
  2. Pam Enderby, non-executive director
  1. South Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority, Fulwood House, Sheffield S10 3TH

EDITOR—We are concerned about the recent trend in applications to carry out research.

One of the roles of our board is to receive annual reports from local research ethics committees. For 2003-4 applications were down on previous years throughout. This prompted us to investigate whether this was particular to South Yorkshire or a more general phenomenon.

Across all strategic health …

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