Is there any hope that we can reduce research wastage and prevent publication bias?

Vanessa M. B. Jordan, Cindy M. Farquhar


In order to fulfil the ethical contract between researchers and the participants of research, trial results need to be disseminated. Patients and carers have identified publication and dissemination as one of the key areas of research wastage that they are concerned about (1). Research wastage is also of concern to public funders with an analysis looking at 9 years of EU-funded health projects with a resultant wastage of 570.2 million euros resulting in no detectable academic output (2).