Clinical research, no matter in which field, but in particular, the medical field, is deemed to be work that only the professionals can and will be carrying out. This is fair enough, given the complexities of clinical research work. Research work, no matter in which field, but particularly within the medical lines, is years in the making, from the earliest developmental stages at a specialist school or university to the final flourish appearing online as a peer review approved online medical journal. All medical specialties and disciplines, including that of psychiatry and neuroscience, have this portal nowadays.
But what is perhaps more enlightening about the online appearance of clinical research in psychiatry and/or neuroscience presentations is that they have been concretized into user-friendly and easy to follow forms. Summarized versions of original peer reviews are made available to the public. You can now see that there is a concerted move to perhaps reveal all and not keep the proverbial wool over the potential patient’s eyes. This, of course, will always be done within reason. In the case of psychiatry, there will always be the handling of sensitive cases, some of which could endanger the lives of others, if not handled correctly and professionally.
And of great use to both the public and the peer review stakeholders is the use of the online video portal. In many cases, physical demonstrations seem appropriate to substantiate findings from research conducted. An important part of psychiatric work remains the painful but practical work of handling emergencies, and here again, a video demonstration, but clearly explained, could be of good use to the public. There is also the possibility of holding immediate and live discussions on important matters arising or in reaction to latest clinical research findings.