Annals of Surgical Oncology

, Volume 25, Issue 12, pp 3774–3775 | Cite as

Alternative Ways to Study Global Variation in Cancer-Related Research Activity

  • Anton Barchuk
  • Vadim GushchinEmail author
Health Services Research and Global Oncology

We read with great interest the article by Are et al., entitled “Global Variations in the Level of Cancer-Related Research Activity and Correlation to Cancer-Specific Mortality: Proposal for a Global Curriculum.”1 This article was designed to analyze global variations in the level of cancer-related research activity and correlate it with variations in cancer-specific mortality. We are interested in this topic, because we are promoting high-quality, clinical research activities in Russia through specific educational programs and dissemination of research methodology in clinical oncology.

While we fully agree that cancer-related research activity as well as research literacy is an important factor in establishing high-quality and sustainable cancer care, we would like to draw attention to difficulties and possible pitfalls in the quantitative assessment of the above-mentioned domains.2

Are et al. suggested that the number of country-specific publications could be correlated to the...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Epidemiology Group, Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of TampereTampereFinland
  2. 2.Petrov National Research Medical Center of OncologySaint PetersburgRussia
  3. 3.Institute for Cancer Care at MercyBaltimoreUSA

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