Re: New ways of measuring research

From: Bill Hooker <cwhooker_at_FASTMAIL.FM>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2008 00:55:36 -0400

The following recent paper:

Despina G. Contopoulos-Ioannidis, George A. Alexiou, Theodore C. Gouvias,
and John P. A. Ioannidis, "Life Cycle of Translational Research for Medical
Interventions," Science (5 September 2008) Vol. 321, no. 5894, 1298 - 1299.


may be of interest to those following this thread. Alma mentions
measurements of ROI, and the paper is an attempt to measure the time between
an initial discovery and a highly-cited clinical trial showing effective
intervention. One can imagine expanding this study to encompass clinical
trials that did not have a positive outcome, or automating the process in
order to cover a representative sample of *all* reported trials, so as to
paint a better picture of actual ROI.

In case the paper is of interest, Janet Stemwedel's blog post about it will
likely be useful also:

Bill Hooker
Received on Wed Oct 08 2008 - 10:41:11 BST

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