Journal article

Modernising epidemic science: enabling patient-centred research during epidemics

Amanda M Rojek, Peter W Horby

BMC MEDICINE | BMC | Published : 2016


BACKGROUND: Emerging and epidemic infectious disease outbreaks are a significant public health problem and global health security threat. As an outbreak begins, epidemiological investigations and traditional public health responses are generally mounted very quickly. However, patient-centred research is usually not prioritised when planning and enacting the response. Instead, the clinical research response occurs subsequent to and separate from the public health response, and is inadequate for evidence-based decision-making at the bedside or in the offices of public health policymakers. DISCUSSION: The deficiencies of the clinical research response to severe acute respiratory syndrome, pande..

View full abstract

University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Wellcome Trust of Great Britain

Awarded by EU FP7 project PREPARE

Awarded by Medical Research Council UK

Awarded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust of Great Britain (grant numbers 107834/Z/15/Z and106491/Z/14/Z), EU FP7 project PREPARE (602525), Medical Research Council UK (MC_PC_15001), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (OPP1116588). AR is funded by a Rhodes Scholarship.