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BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH

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Definition:
Biomedical research comprises:

- the study of specific diseases and conditions (mental or physical), including detection, cause, prophylaxis, treatment and rehabilitation of persons;

- the design of methods, drugs and devices used to diagnose, support and maintain the individual during and after treatment for specific diseases or conditions;

- the scientific investigation required to understand the underlying life processes which affect disease and human well-being, including such areas as cellular and molecular bases of diseases, genetics, immunology.

A full list of such activities includes clinical trials and laboratory investigations, the study of exposure to environmental agents and various behavioural hazards.

Source Publication:
OECD Health Data 2001: A Comparative Analysis of 30 Countries, OECD, Paris, 2001, data sources, definitions and methods.

Statistical Theme: Science and technology statistics - Biotechnology

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Wednesday, January 04, 2006