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High-quality medical research requires that equipment has been validated for accuracy


Sharman, JE and Kosmala, W, High-quality medical research requires that equipment has been validated for accuracy, Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine, 30, (12) pp. 1221-1223. ISSN 2451-2680 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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It is not always appreciated that medical equipment may be cleared by regulatory authorities to sell within a country, without ever having been tested for accuracy performance according to scientific validation standards. Instead, manufacturers can undertake in-house accuracy testing, using variable methods and without any requirement for test results to be made publicly available. This lack of full transparency together with potential for industry bias can place doubt over the quality of validation results provided to regulatory authorities. Currently, this situation affects the field of hypertension research, where most blood pressure devices have not been independently validated for accuracy according to international scientific standards, nor as expected in clinical practice guidelines. More attention should be paid to such practices in order to improve the quality of research and to optimize further translation of scientific findings to clinical practice. The clinical implications of inaccurate measurements in research can be far-reaching, ultimately impacting on a patient's health. Well-planned validating studies should be more widely considered for new devices that are candidates to be used in research protocols. The awareness of the lack or uncertain validation of equipment used for verifying research hypotheses should prompt all investigators to revisit the idea of conducting the study or, at least, to acknowledge this issue as a relevant study limitation. One of the ways in which authors submitting research findings for publication can add to the quality of the reporting of their work is to ensure reference to the accuracy validation of their research equipment.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:blood pressure, hypertension, public health, education, accuracy of blood pressure measurement
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Sharman, JE (Professor James Sharman)
ID Code:153032
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2022-09-01
Last Modified:2022-11-01
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