The CTSA (Clinical Translation Science Award) flavor is usually referred to as “bench to bedside”, or how basic science discoveries in the laboratory can be more rapidly transformed into solutions for the intractable challenges of disease, including engaging communities in clinical research efforts and training researchers in this arena.
Yet there are all kinds of clinical medical research that do not start out in a petri dish. Here are a few randomly chosen clinical research articles that probably would generate widespread interest in attempting to follow the new advice for a common disorder.
- Foot ulcers in the diabetic patient, prevention and treatment.
- Predicting the impact of insecticide-treated bed nets on malaria transmission: the devil is in the detail
- Pilot study of Lokomat versus manual-assisted treadmill training for locomotor recovery post-stroke.
[all of these research studies are found in PubMed Central]
A widely recognized problem with the myriad formats and styles of clinical research reporting is the frequent inability to immediately use the conclusive information in clinical care. A research article is not a clinical practice guideline most of the time, but how could articles become more guideline-like?
A new article in PLoS Medicine, Guidance for Developers of Health Research Reporting Guidelines, assesses the existing research reporting standards and suggests recommended steps for developing a health research reporting guidelines.