This is an interesting collection of essays, extremely diverse and well referenced, on the subject of current approaches to clinical research. Naturally this topic – which is key to the development of any new treatment or thinking – should be of interest to all of us. However, clinical research remains something of a mystery to most of us. If we are to play our part in promoting participation in research, we should be more familiar with the processes than we are.
This however is a very scholarly book, written by experts for experts, and while the intention is good and the information is there, it is not presented in a way that will help th9ose without experience to come to terms with the basic premises underpinning research. As such, it maintains the ‘closed shop’ atmosphere of much research, and does little to promote the necessary understanding that would encourage both patients and professionals to involve themselves further.
There is much discussion about the improvements in data collection, and the improved ways in which we can take knowledge forward, with less fear of data being skewed or contaminated. This has always been a huge issue, in research. My personal experience in research is that over the two years taken to bring this book to the bookshelves, improvements here have been massive. This is a book for the libraries, and for moving forward into other references and documents.
Aldershot: Ashgate , 2010. 49-66 p.