Lord Howe announces International Register for Health Research

Published on Tuesday, 22 February 2011 12:38
Posted by Scott Buckler

A major global initiative to establish an international register that will improve the transparency of health research was launched today(Feb 22nd) by Health Minister Lord Howe


The register is called PROSPERO, the first online facility to register systematic reviews for research about health and social care from all around the world. The register is completely free and open to the public. It was started by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) which is funded by the Department of Health.

The register is designed to avoid the duplication of health research and will act as a guard against selective reporting of research.

Health Minister Lord Howe said:

The National Institute for Health Research is committed to providing the best possible evidence to inform decisions and choices for health and social care.

“I am therefore delighted that the NIHR is leading the international research community by making registration a requirement for all those researchers it commissions to undertake systematic reviews.”

Professor Dame Sally Davies, Director General of Research and Development at the Department of Health said:

“We are supporting the development of PROSPERO because we think it’s important to establish mechanisms that guarantee integrity and maintain quality standards.

“I am also delighted that PROSPERO has been designed so it can be used internationally to promote best practice around the world. Duplication of systematic reviews is commonplace and it is increasingly important that knowledge is shared efficiently to maximise the use of available research resources worldwide.”

Professor Lesley Stewart, Director of the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, said:

A prospective register of systematic reviews submitted at the protocol stage will increase transparency and guard against selective reporting; making it obvious if the research that is published differs from what was planned at the outset.

“We have been delighted by the enthusiastic international response to the development of PROSPERO, having elicited support for registration from CIHR, INAHTA, NICE, the Cochrane and Campbell Collaborations and the Joanna Briggs initiative. This is truly an international collaborative effort.”

Source: ©DH

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