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Website aims to help people understand health research

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 10 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4403
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. London

Academics have created a website to help people understand published health research and distinguish between “good” and “bad” studies.

The Understanding Health Research site ( was launched on 8 August and has been tested with patients and medical professionals.[1] It was created by Glasgow University’s social and public health sciences unit in collaboration with an advisory panel of academics and is being promoted by the charity Sense About Science.

Shona Hilton, deputy director of the unit, which is funded by the Medical Research Council and the Scottish Government Chief Scientist Office, said that the website would help people “ask the right questions to understand and evaluate research studies.”

Scientists say that …

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