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February 2003

Dilating the Clinical Research Stricture

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2003;129(2):155-156. doi:10.1001/archotol.129.2.155

THERE IS abundant documentation of the need for clinical research and of the shortage of trained clinical investigators to carry out the research.1-3 Yet, despite training grants,4 increased funding for the National Institutes of Health over the past decade,5 and expanded sources of support for young investigators and projects,6 the problem persists. The reason, in my view, is our failure to take the next steps, through our professional groups, toward breaking through the obstructions that have restricted the development of the key elements of success: viable research protocols, a cadre of able investigators, and a network of resources to implement these research projects.

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