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Poll finds concerns about pace of medical and health research
Date:5/20/2010

ell as avoiding duplication and maximizing resources devoted to research and development.

"This underscores the urgency of the public and private sectors working together to bridge gaps and turn more early-stage discoveries into treatments faster," said Gail Cassell, PhD, vice president of scientific affairs at Eli Lilly and Company, which commissioned the poll with Research!America."Greater collaboration between government agencies is also critical. The new NIH-FDA initiatives to enhance synergism between the two agencies are very important in this regard. The poll data also show the public's strong support of FDA collaborating more with academic centers of excellence to strengthen the agency's expertise and capacity in regulatory science. In order to succeed, it is critical that all sectors involved in research maintain the public's trust and convey to the public more effectively what research has achieved and how much more is possible."

The poll showed that the most trusted sources for medical research information are pharmacists (83% find trustworthy), patient groups (82%), CDC (79%) and their health care providers (78%). Americans also say they trust research information from NIH (61%). Yet only 17% say they regularly check government websites for medical research information, compared to 66% who consult commercial medical sites such as WebMD.

Additional findings from the poll include:

  • After health care costs and insurance issueswhich have long been the top health concern for Americansone in four says the most important health issue facing the U.S. today is obesity (24%), ahead of cancer (11%) and heart disease (5%).
  • 76% say clinical research is of great value, and the same number say they are likely to participate in a clinical study, but only 6% say their doctor has ever suggested that they do so.
  • 93% say it is importantand 69% say very importantfor the U.S. to be a global leader in medical, healt
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Contact: Eva Maciejewski
emaciejewski@researchamerica.org
571-482-2712
Research!America
Source:Eurekalert

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