One in five public health researchers pressured to conceal or change their findings, study finds
Government agencies, particularly those in democratic countries, are far more inclined to bury the findings of the research they bankroll than corporations or philanthropic organisations, a study suggests.
In recent years it has felt like politicians have liked adding to their pronouncements that they were based on research or the advice of health experts. This Times Higher Education story suggests Australian politicians like insisting on what that advice can and can’t be. We have included links to five related reads. Also see McCrabb S, Mooney K, Wolfenden L, Gonzalez S, Ditton E, Yoong S, et al. (2021) “He who pays the piper calls the tune”: Researcher experiences of funder suppression of health behaviour intervention trial findings. PLoS ONE 16(8): e0255704. https://doi.org/10.1371…
The findings, published in Plos One on 18 August, mirror those from a 2006 survey of Australian public health researchers and a 2015 study of Canadian government scientists. “Our results, along with those of previous investigations, suggest that government funders interfere with public-good research,” the authors report.
“In addition to curtailing independent scientific enquiry, such practices deny the public access to the findings of research paid for through taxation which, in some cases, could have informed policy decisions.”