Increasing Research, Reducing Waste
It has been estimated that 85% of research is wasted, usually because it asks the wrong questions, is badly designed, not published or poorly reported. This diminishes the value of research and also represents a significant financial loss. However, many causes of this waste are simple problems that could easily be fixed, such as appropriate randomisation or blinding of a clinical trial. A first step towards increasing the value of research and reducing waste is to monitor the problems and develop solutions that aim to fix them.