National Academy of Medicine

Novel Ways to Get Good Trial Data: The UK Experience

By Tom MacDonald, Isla Mackenzie, Li Wei
May 18, 2012 | Discussion Paper

Traditional randomized clinical trials are very expensive and time-consuming and often have poor external validity (Ware and Hamel, 2011). The challenge for modern medicine is to find ways of producing good-quality evidence with good external validity and to do so more efficiently, with less bureaucracy, more expeditiously, and above all less expensively than we have done in the past. To achieve these goals seems daunting at first but most of us work in organizations that already have amazing infrastructures that can be harnessed for research.



Suggested Citation

MacDonald, T., I. Mackenzie, and L. Wei. 2012. Novel Ways to Get Good Trial Data: The UK Experience. NAM Perspectives. Discussion Paper, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC. doi: 10.31478/201205b


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