[Irtalk] BMJ Blogs: The BMJ » Blog Archive » Paul Glasziou and Iain Chalmers: Is 85% of health research really “wasted”?

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Fri Jan 15 16:20:34 SAST 2016

Our estimate that 85% of all health research is being avoidably “wasted”
[Chalmers & Glasziou, 2009] commonly elicits disbelief. Our own first
reaction was similar: “that can’t be right?” Not only did 85% sound too
much, but given that $200 billion per year is spent globally on health and
medical research, it implied an annual waste of $170 billion. That amount
ranks somewhere between the GDPs of Kuwait and Hungary. It seems a problem
worthy of serious analysis and attention. But how can we estimate the waste?

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