European experts call for greater use of clinical research in daily medical practice

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 17 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3104
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

A new report produced by the umbrella group for Europe’s medical research councils examines the quality of clinical research and argues that greater use of such research in clinical practice will improve doctors’ daily decisions. It presents 10 key ways in which this can be achieved.

It notes that much clinical decision making is still not informed by evidence and much research is insufficiently methodologically robust. The way ahead is to apply systematic clinical practice guidelines to ensure that the right research results are used and that evidence based …

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