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