Journal article

Is health research undertaken where the burden of disease is greatest? Observational study of geographical inequalities in recruitment to research in England 2013-2018

Peter Bower, Christos Grigoroglou, Laura Anselmi, Evangelos Kontopantelis, Matthew Sutton, Mark Ashworth, Philip Evans, Stephen Lock, Stephen Smye, Kathryn Abel

BMC Medicine | BioMed Central | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: Research is fundamental to high-quality care, but concerns have been raised about whether health research is conducted in the populations most affected by high disease prevalence. Geographical distribution of research activity is important for many reasons. Recruitment is a major barrier to research delivery, and undertaking recruitment in areas of high prevalence could be more efficient. Regional variability exists in risk factors and outcomes, so research done in healthier populations may not generalise. Much applied health research evaluates interventions, and their impact may vary by context (including geography). Finally, fairness dictates that publically funded research sho..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This project was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network. PB, SS, PE, KA, SL and MA all have roles within the Clinical Research Network. The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the NHS, Public Health England, the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.