South Western Sydney Clinical School

Where have we come from, and where are we going? An empirical examination of pharmaceutical research in Australia.

Project Main Description

Medicines play a major role in ensuring the health of Australians, but they also attract considerable expenditure, and can have harmful adverse effects. To maximise benefit and minimise harm, clinicians are increasingly adopting an “evidence-based” approach to prescribing. The relevance and quality of the evidence available about medicines is, therefore, crucial to the prevention and management of disease. It is increasingly apparent that a number of influences other than medical utility are shaping clinical research (and the evidence it generates), including commercial imperatives, changing academic environments and globalization. This project will use three methods (case studies, interviews and focus groups) to “map” these influences, identify the major deficiencies in clinical research, and suggest ways in which Australian researchers might focus their research efforts to better meet the needs of patients, researchers and the health system.

Project Supporters

National Health & Medical Research Council - Training Fellowships, Project ID: 630726

Project Collaborators: External

A/Prof Ian Kerridge
Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney

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