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Clinical sport and exercise medicine (SEM) research is a branch of ‘clinical research’, a term meant to cover all types of investigations that address questions on the prevention, treatment, diagnosis/screening or prognosis of disease or enhancement and maintenance of health.1 As such, clinical SEM research should be useful and inform evidence-based decision making. While this may seem intuitively correct, careful considerations about whether our research is relevant for others than ourselves is an important exercise to facilitate ‘real world’ implementation. Because the current research reward system values research quantity more than quality (publish or perish), it is understandable why we sometimes forget to slow down2 and consider relevance for others than ourselves.
Recently, different initiatives concerning patient-relevant outcomes3 and partnering with patients4 have increased attention towards addressing the relevance of clinical research from an end-user perspective. This focus is also increasing in clinical SEM where involvement of end-users is part of tools to bridge the science–practice gap.5 In this editorial, we focus on a few simple, yet important points, to obtain stakeholder involvement …
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