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ResearchToolkit.org provides one-stop Web resource for health researchers
Date:10/15/2009

SEATTLEGroup Health Research Institute and its partnersthe University of Washington, Institute of Translational Health Sciences, Duke Translational Medicine Institute, and Wayne State Universityhave developed a new website to help researchers create and sustain successful multisite research collaborations. The project team created the site, www.researchtoolkit.org, to enhance the efficiency of research from start to finish, including developing research networks, launching and managing projects, and sharing study results or other products such as data sets, tools, and training resources.

Researchers are increasingly finding strength in unity. By collaborating with investigators at multiple sites, they can pool their data and study larger and more diverse groups of people in various settings. Collaboration helps studies achieve more "generalizability" (to other populations and settings) and greater statistical power. This makes it easier to definitively answer pressing questions about which kinds of health care work best to improve the health of Americans. The downside of multisite collaboration is logistical difficulties, which the new website aims to ease.

"ResearchToolkit.org will enable clinical investigators from multiple institutions to collaborate more efficiently and effectively on health research," said National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) Director Barbara M. Alving, MD. "Ultimately, this new, Web-based resource may help improve community engagement nationwide." The development of the research toolkit was funded by the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program, which is led by NCRR, part of the National Institutes of Health. The CTSA program fosters collaboration to speed the translation of research into practice and to engage communities in clinical research.

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Contact: Rebecca Hughes
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Group Health Cooperative Center for Health Studies
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