May 31st, 2006 by John Wilbanks
This should be of interest to the U.S. Senate as it debates the Cornyn bill, and to the National Institutes of Health as they evaluate the Public Access Working Group’s latest recommendations. The US citizens want access to taxpayer funded research…
“A majority of U.S. adults say federally funded research findings on health issues and other topics should be available for free to doctors and the general public, according to a recent Harris Interactive poll.
In an online survey of 2,501 U.S. adults, more than 80% of Americans say they agree strongly or somewhat that research should be available for free via the Internet because the research is paid for with U.S. tax dollars.
In addition, 81% of Americans say they agree strongly or somewhat that access to such research data will help those living with a chronic illness or disability to get the latest information that might assist them.
And 62% of Americans say they agree strongly or somewhat that making the information available online and for free “will help speed up finding potential cures for diseases,” compared to 10% who disagree somewhat or strongly.