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Study investigates progress in increasing value in biomedical research

October 14, 2015

Biomedical research is essential for improving health, but evidence suggests that we are not deriving maximum benefit from the research thatís being done. This can be because of poor research questions, poor study design and poor (or no) reporting of results.

Last year, Dr. David Moher played a key role in a ground-breaking series on the topic, published in top medical journal The Lancet. The series and an accompanying symposium resulted in 17 concrete recommendations for enhancing health research, spanning everything from mandating systematic reviews before undertaking new research to increasing access to raw data.

Now, Dr. Moher has led a follow up study in The Lancet which catalogues progress being made in implementing the recommendations. One example of progress at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute is the creation of a Centre for Journalology to help researchers publish their results in a way that maximizes impact.

Co-authors: Paul Glasziou, Iain Chalmers, Mona Nasser, Patrick M M Bossuyt, DaniŽl A Korevaar, Ian D Graham, Philippe Ravaud, Isabelle Boutron.

About The Ottawa Hospital


The Ottawa Hospital is one of Canadaís largest learning and research hospitals with over 1,100 beds, approximately 12,000 staff and an annual budget of over $1.2 billion. Our focus on research and learning helps us develop new and innovative ways to treat patients and improve care. As a multi-campus hospital, affiliated with the University of Ottawa, we deliver specialized care to the Eastern Ontario region, but our techniques and research discoveries are adopted around the world. We engage the community at all levels to support our vision for better patient care.

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Jennifer Ganton
Director, Communications and Public Relations,
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Office: 613-798-5555 x 73325
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jganton@ohri.ca