“Much clinical decision-making remains insufﬁciently informed by reliable evidence, and much research is not methodologically robust. Some treatments actually harm patients, while other, worthwhile, treatments are not used widely enough. The Forward Look, Implementation of Medical Research in Clinical Practice, prepared by the European Medical Research Councils (EMRC) addressed the question: ‘How can the treatment of patients be improved through better research and better use of research results?’ The issues were thoroughly discussed and debated by more than 90 participants from around Europe and the rest of the world, culminating in a consensus conference. The resulting Forward Look has received widespread coverage and support in a range of media across Europe.
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The aim of this Science Policy Brieﬁng is to encapsulate the main conclusions and recommendations of the Forward Look, Implementation of Medical Research in Clinical Practice and to ensure further dissemination. It identiﬁes the stakeholder groups responsible for implementing the recommendations, and describes the steps needed to ensure that the recommendations are implemented for the benefit of the citizens of Europe.”