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All Trials Registered | All Results Reported

Peter Gill
Last edited 9th January 2013

“Thousands of clinical trials have not reported their results; some have not even been registered.” All trials registered | All results reported

This is a problem.

A petition was launched today that calls on governments, regulators, and research bodies to put measures in place to register and report the methods and results of clinical trials. This initiative, led by Bad Science, Sense About Science, BMJ, James Lind Initiative and CEBM is important. This issue effects all of us: patients, researchers, clinicians, politicians, scientists, and industry.

The petition was followed with a rip roaring editorial by Iain Chalmers, Paul Glasziou and Fiona Godlee in the BMJ that calls for all trials to be registered and their results published. This excellent piece details the consequences of our collective abstention from action and provides advice to patients whom are invited to participate in clinical trials; name:

“Agree to participate in a clinical trial only if: (1) the study protocol has been registered and made publicly available; (2) the protocol refers to systematic reviews of existing evidence showing that the trial is justified; and (3) you receive a written assurance that the full study results will be published and sent to all participants who indicate that they wish to receive them.”

Don’t wait, sign the petition now.

After signing you can automatically share the message “I've just signed the #AllTrials petition for all trials registered and all results reported” on Twitter or Facebook.

Be proud you are taking a step for transparency and improving patient care. I know I am.

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