There is significant waste and inefficiency in the way that biomedical research is conducted. A study by Chalmers and Glasziou in 2009 estimated that 85% of the money invested in research is wasted through the inadequate production and reporting.(1)
The different types of research waste can be divided into four categories:
1. Chalmers I, Glasziou P. Avoidable waste in the production and reporting of research evidence. Lancet (London, England). 2009;374(9683):86-9.
2. Clarke M. Doing new research? Don't forget the old. PLoS medicine. 2004;1(2):e35.
3. Glasziou P, Chalmers I. Research waste is still a scandal-an essay by Paul Glasziou and Iain Chalmers. BMJ (Online). 2018;363:k4645.
Lancet Series on Reducing Research Waste
The Lancet has a series of articles from 2014 on research waste which discusses the most pressing issues along with recommendations : Research: Increasing Value, Reducing Waste.
Cochrane - Reducing Research Waste
To stimulate and promote research in this area, Cochrane has also instituted a REWARDS prize for researchers starting initiatives to reduce research waste . Find out more about the Cochrane REWARD prize.
Search UHN OneSearch for more articles, reports, books and book chapters about research waste.