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Letters Doctors’ duty to participate in research

Health services must encourage pragmatic research

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3524 (Published 20 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3524

Factors to consider for research promotion in health services

Research facilitation and support by health services is of paramount importance specially in the developing countries where there are lots of procedural delays, difficulty in getting permission from health authorities and a hostile manpower working in the health services reluctant to support research for further improvement in the health services with benefits to the patients and service providers alike. Many a times, conducting research under the routine health care system is laden with speculations, criticisms, discouragement, and researchers have to face hostile environment from the staff and the patients. The role of research in health services is less acknowledged even by the health administrators and thus lack encouragement and support. The view that the lacunae in the service provision will be exposed which will attract criticism from the public and Government is also one of the discouraging factors for the health administrators in granting permission to conduct research. A meaningful dialogue with the health administrators, maintaining confidentiality of data which is to be used for health service improvement and not necessarily criticisms but a healthy criticism with recommendations for improvement of health services will help in encouraging research environment in health services.

Competing interests: No competing interests

22 July 2017
Mongjam Meghachandra Singh
Director-Professor
Reeta Devi
Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi & co-author: School of Health Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi (India)
Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi & co-author: School of Health Sciences, IGNOU, New Delhi (India)