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November 24, 1999

The Crisis in Clinical Research

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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

JAMA. 1999;282(20):1913-1916. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-20-jbk1124

To the Editor: Dr Nathan1 highlights the concerns that NIH funding for clinical research is progressively decreasing and that the physicians involved in clinical research are "an ever-dwindling minority." Observations like these have fueled what has been called the "crisis in clinical research."2 However, Nathan1 concluded that clinical research dollars comprised 36% of 1996 NIH funding. They derived this figure from their own review and designation of funded grants in 1996, their own definition of clinical research.