British Medical Journal, 2004
"Academic medicine must show that, in its pursuit of the different aspects of scholarship, its relevance to society’s needs is still of paramount importance. This is vital if academic medicine is to continue to influence global health and, moreover, if it is to retain the sympathy and support of its partners. In which areas can academic medicine contribute to global health? Firstly, by conducting relevant research. Global health is crying out for high quality research that will answer many important and perplexing questions. Secondly, by implementing evidence. Rather than stop at producing research results and a publication in a scientific journal, academics must endeavour to close the “research to action/policy” gap. Thirdly, by rethinking health human resources. Vasant Narasimhan and colleagues of the Joint Learning Initiative have emphasised the growing crisis of inadequate health workers to support health systems, especially in the developing world. Moreover the global human resource crisis continues to be vexed by “brain drain” issues. Fourthly, by enhancing the quality of service delivery. Academic medicine has embraced evidence based medicine as a means of improving the quality of service delivery, but this approach has not percolated down to other health service providers."