Improving effectiveness of clinical medicine: the need for better translation of science into practice

Robert G Fassett, Bill Lancashire and Anne Rasmussen
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.11621
Published online: 21 January 2013

To the Editor: Scott and Glasziou’s recent article about the challenges of integrating best research evidence into practice had excellent examples of the 20%–30% of treatments that remain widely used despite being shown to be ineffective or harmful.1 We also note the National Health and Medical Research Council initiative in creating a Research Translation Faculty to improve research relevance and its uptake into practice.

  • Robert G Fassett1,2
  • Bill Lancashire3
  • Anne Rasmussen3

  • 1 University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 2 Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 3 Port Macquarie Base Hospital, Port Macquarie, NSW.


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