Beware evidence “spin” : an important source of bias in the reporting of clinical research

Spin [WITH OBJECT] Draw out and twist (the fibres of wool, cotton, or other material) to convert them into yarn, either by hand or with machinery: “they spin wool into the yarn for weaving” Does the name Malcolm Tucker ring a bell? The Malcolm Tucker I am referring to is the fictional character from the … More Beware evidence “spin” : an important source of bias in the reporting of clinical research

How often are outcomes switched in clinical trials? And why does it matter?

Kamal R. Mahtani and Ben Goldacre, part of the COMPare project, write about the prevalence of outcome switching and why it matters. We have been monitoring outcome switching in five top journals, and writing letters to correct the record wherever we have found misreporting. You can read more about our project here, here and here. One peculiar response has been: “you’ve … More How often are outcomes switched in clinical trials? And why does it matter?

Research methods & reporting tools

I noticed this on twitter from the Research to Publication eLearning programme at the BMJ. A really helpful resource for research and teaching: (thanks BMJ)   How to estimate the health benefits of additional research and changing clinical practice Published November 25, 2015 Three simple rules to ensure reasonably credible subgroup analyses Published November 04, 2015 STARD … More Research methods & reporting tools