Scientific research and the public good

The European Journal of Public Health
Volume 27, Issue 1, 1 February 2017

Scientific research and the public good
Diana M.J. Delnoij
Randomized clinical trials are the state-of-the-art method to study comparative effectiveness of healthcare interventions. However, sometimes a discrepancy is observed between the effects of an intervention in routine clinical practice as compared with the effects that were demonstrated in randomized controlled clinical trials.1 Real-world data, e.g. from registries or claims databases, could help to unravel the effectiveness of interventions in clinical practice. The hope is that the use of these data will allow healthcare decision makers to be more certain when it is (cost-)effective to provide access to new treatments. Real-world data could therefore contribute to the public good…Recently, the Dutch National Health Care Institute hosted an international workshop on the IMI-GetReal project. GetReal is a 3-year project of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI), an EU public-private consortium…