Vision for a global registry of anticipated public health studies

Am J Public Health. 2007 Apr;97 Suppl 1(Suppl 1):S82-7. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2005.081711. Epub 2007 Apr 5.


In public health, the generation, management, and transfer of knowledge all need major improvement. Problems in generating knowledge include an imbalance in research funding, publication bias, unnecessary studies, adherence to fashion, and undue interest in novel and immediate issues. Impaired generation of knowledge, combined with a dated and inadequate process for managing knowledge and an inefficient system for transferring knowledge, mean a distorted body of evidence available for decisionmaking in public health. This article hopes to stimulate discussion by proposing a Global Registry of Anticipated Public Health Studies. This prospective, comprehensive system for tracking research in public health could help enhance collaboration and improve efficiency. Practical problems must be discussed before such a vision can be further developed.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / standards*
  • Global Health*
  • Humans
  • Public Health*
  • Registries / standards*