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Balancing academic medicine

Richard B Hays
Med J Aust 2007; 186 (3): 110-111.
Published online: 5 February 2007

Medical education needs recognition and strengthening through research

Modern medical practice relies heavily on research evidence to guide us towards predictable, safe outcomes of investigations and procedures that aim to improve the quantity and quality of life. As there are still substantial gaps in knowledge, researchers are supported to add to the evidence base. New technologies are proven to be (or not to be) safer or more effective. This continual reflection on practice and drive to expand options and reduce error margins is lauded as scientific progress.

  • Richard B Hays1,2

  • 1 School of Medicine, Keele University, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, United Kingdom.
  • 2 Faculty of Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD.

Correspondence: r.b.hays@keele.ac.uk

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