General practice trials: the importance of creating evidence

Mark R Nelson
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11216
Published online: 1 October 2012

Two studies testing interventions that made little difference to patient outcomes demonstrate the importance of translational research

General practitioners are often expected to implement findings of clinical trials done in hospitals or academia. Health policymakers also develop and implement primary health care system changes without proper evaluation or being informed by translational research studies. Two clinical trials reported in this issue of the Journal give us three important lessons why this should not happen.1,2

  • Mark R Nelson

  • Discipline of General Practice, University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS.


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