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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

Mindful research to avoid research waste

Department of Orthodontics, Dr. D. Y. Patil Dental College and Hospital, Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission07-May-2021
Date of Decision08-May-2021
Date of Acceptance08-May-2021
Date of Web Publication26-Jun-2021

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Dr. Sonali Vijay Deshmukh
Department of Orthodontics, Dr. D. Y. Patil Dental College and Hospital, Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/jicdro.jicdro_25_21

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Deshmukh SV. Mindful research to avoid research waste. J Int Clin Dent Res Organ 2021;13:1-2

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Deshmukh SV. Mindful research to avoid research waste. J Int Clin Dent Res Organ [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Aug 7];13:1-2. Available from: https://www.jicdro.org/text.asp?2021/13/1/1/319521

I hope by the time this editorial is published, the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic is over and we all can resume to our old routine of clinics, academics, and research. There are 420 odd dental collages in India and most of the research comes from these Academic institutes. Most of this research is in the form of Dissertations needed for the partial fulfilment of MDS degree. Very few researches are coming as faculty research and moreover lesser in the form of clinical trials. Traditionally how do we choose research topic? Most of the times, it is the Guides interest in the particular field of subject, Student's interest and capacity to do research, Funding needed for particular research and lastly and more often it is the need to fulfil the partial requirement as well as requirements needed for various accreditation bodies and assessing bodies.

It is heartening to see that so much of research go waste over a period of time because of multifactorial reasons. The most important reason according to me is the lack of ingenuity of research idea. More often the literature search in said area of research interest is lacking and there is no clear research question formulation. Most of the published research gives an insight on limitation of that particular study. The systematic review and meta-analysis also bring forth the problem area in the included studies and these could be the clues for mindful research. Thus, for Mindful research, a thorough research in that topic is must so as not to overlap the already established research question. Moreover, the research design should follow the scientific and ethical guidelines.

For mindful research, all researchers should undertake “priority settings.” “Priority setting in the health sector is a process by which different health care programme and services are ranked in accordance with normative and technical rules, leading to the definition of a minimum of health-care services to patients who are to receive care.”[1] This simply means as a dental fraternity we have to set the priority areas in the research with larger goal of benefiting the care receivers that is patients. Research priority setting is usually any interpersonal activity that leads to the selection of topics and/or choices of key questions to investigate. There is no consensus in the literature on the most effective processes with which to set these priorities. However, these decisions define the quality and implications of the evidence, and syntheses of it, available to patients, public and policy-makers to help them make informed decisions.[2]

Promising ideas developed in basic research were not being translated into applied research, they were meeting bottleneck in assessments of whether they could lead to advances in prevention and treatment.[3] Thus, mindful priority setting in dental research is needed, which means it has to be translated from basic research to applied clinical research. If an idea of basic research or applied clinical research is conceived, the best method will be to filter it through the minds of senior researchers, who can form a specialist panel for that particular subject and give the recommendation. This collective wisdom strategy can start at institutional level and go on to National level. Moreover, this is the era of multidisciplinary research, especially in the field of dentistry. Biotechnical revolution could be key to do mindful research as dentistry often overlaps with technical fields like engineering, computers, polymers, metallurgy, 3D Software, and printings, etc.

National policies and funding agency can work hand in hand to create the need of research pool in every discipline of medicine and dentistry in particular to reduce research waste and agony of researcher to translate it into publication. This issue of research waste is very vast and a topic of research in itself, especially in a country like us. As an individual researcher, let take this challenge of Mindful research and make ourself proud.

”Not too many people could walk a mile in your shoes. Only you know your struggles, challenges and obstacles.”

Edmond Mbiaka

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Tragakes EV. Key Issues in Rationing and Priority Setting for Health Care Services. Health Care Reform Methodologies. Copenhagen WHO Regional Office for Europe; 1998.  Back to cited text no. 1
Nasser, M. (2018) Setting Priorities for Conducting and Updating Systematic Reviews. University of Plymouth).  Back to cited text no. 2
Chalmers I, Bracken MB, Djulbegovic B, Garattini S, Grant J, Gülmezoglu AM, et al. How to increase value and reduce waste when research priorities are set. Lancet 2014;383:156-65.  Back to cited text no. 3


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