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Letters Doctors’ duty to participate in research

Health services must encourage pragmatic research

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 20 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3524
  1. Peter Bergin, neurologist and chair, EpiNet Study Group
  1. Auckland City Hospital, Centre for Brain Research, Auckland, New Zealand
  1. pbergin{at}

Surely the most interesting finding in the debate among Campbell, Weijer, and colleagues is that the authors all agree on the benefits of doctors participating in pragmatic research.1 Even those who don’t think that doctors should be forced to participate agree that participation benefits society.

The issue of “duty” or “obligation” misses the point: we need a …

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