B – How to increase value and reduce waste in biomedical research

Chalmers I, Bracken M, Djulbegovic B, et al. How to increase value and reduce waste when research priorities are set. The Lancet 2014;383(9912):156-165
(doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62229-1)

This is the first article in a series of five papers published in The Lancet about “Research: increasing value, reducing waste”. It is focused on the reductions in waste of resources resulting from decisions about what research to do. Four recommendations are given, i.e.: the ways to improve the yield from basic research should be investigated; the funders should inform about the transparencyof processes; investment in additional research should be preceded by systematic assessment of existing evidence; and finally, sources of information about research in progress should be strengthened and developed and used by researchers.