Yearly Archives: 2018

Cochrane-REWARD prizes for reducing research waste: 2018 winners

This year’s winners of Cochrane-REWARD prizes for reducing waste in research were the UK Equator Centre (for its Good Reports Tool), the EBM DataLab (for its Trials Tracker initiative), and the James Lind Alliance (for its Priority Setting Partnerships). The

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Distribution, design characteristics, and dissemination of clinical trials by funding organisation and medical specialty

Data for 45,620 clinical trials were downloaded from ClinicalTrials.gov and categorised by design characteristics (as a marker of methodological quality), funder type and disease area, and linked to disclosed study results. In an accompanying commentary by the first author, Magdalena

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Research in Palestine shows mismatch with burden of disease and inadequate reporting

Several studies have shown a mismatch between ‘Burden of Disease and research funding in developed countries. But the problem appears to be near universal. This study reviewed 511 studies from Palestine. It found that research output was poorly associated with

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Some drug companies unwilling to share unredacted trial protocols

A study has found that half of drug company trial protocols have information deleted from key sections of the protocol, with the extent of redactions often so vast as to render the protocol useless for identifying discrepancies with subsequent publications.

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Major UK Funder SWATs waste in research

Health related research is impressive; it changes lives and it saves lives. It is a collective endeavour by people committed to making a difference to patients and the public. It is also a complicated endeavour. One that involves a number

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New audit of non-commercial funders’ policies

A new audit of non-commercial funders’ policies has been published in JAMA by Ben Goldacre’s team at the EBMDataLab at the University of Oxford. Out of 18 charities and federal bodies, which between them spend around $40 billion on health research every year, the researchers

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