B – Disseminate time-sensitive research faster

Stanbrook MB, Hébert PC. Disseminate time-sensitive research faster. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2010; 182(1):9
(doi: 10.1503/cmaj.092077)

Traditional dissemination processes used by researchers, policy-makers, regulators and journals may prove inadequate for health professionals and the public, particularly during health emergencies or for reporting possible new risks of widely prescribed therapies. Communication of important research findings that have immediate implications for public health should then be improved. All stakeholders in the publication process should develop the capacity to make the process work faster when speed is critical. In such cases, the important steps of peer review and revision should be accelerated ensuring at the same time their quality and integrity, which are even more essential during health emergencies to ensure credibility.