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“Very little research is available to ‘ordinary’ diseases’

“Very little research is available to ‘ordinary’ diseases’

The university medical centers give a lot of money on studies that are focused on specialist medical topics. This will enable research into common diseases, long-term care and prevention.

That writes The Volkskrant in the wake of a report from the Health council that Wednesday appears.

This provides amongst other things that university medical centers (umcs) have to cooperate with visiting nurses, general practitioners and specialists in geriatrics. The umc’s are here does not agree.

“There are so many everyday problems that are hardly explored,” says Pim van Gool, president of the Health council.

Research money

According to the council is the gap between knowledge and practice, mainly caused by the distribution of research money. In 2014 had the eight umc’s 1.2 billion euros available for research.

The distribution of this money is assessed on the basis of the number of publications in leading journals and the number of times their research by others is cited. The higher a department or professor of the score, the more research money it receives. There would need to be looked at the societal contribution of research.

Van Gool of the Health council think that the performance culture is difficult to change. There must be a turn in which umc’s together with patients, communities, health authorities and institutes such as the RIVM are developing a research agenda drafting. Minister Schippers of public Health should invest in a research fund, to which health insurers and the municipalities need to contribute.

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