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ResourcesResearch IntegrityUnpublished trials are a cancer at the core of evidence based medicine – Aftenposten (Ben Goldacre: October 2016)

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Unpublished trials are a cancer at the core of evidence based medicine – Aftenposten (Ben Goldacre: October 2016)

 


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Medicine has a dirty secret, and we need your help.

Like most doctors, I always assumed that textbooks and academic journals were full of simple facts. But as I became an academic researcher, I found a vast problem looming in the background.

We do clinical trials to find out whether a treatment is effective. But the evidence shows that around half of those trials go unpublished:

Results are routinely withheld from doctors, and researchers, and patients, at the whim of the commercial sponsor, or the individual researcher.

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