Thinking outside the cylinder: on the use of clinical trial registries in evidence synthesis communities

Clinical trials take a long time to be published, if they are at all. And when they are published, most of them are either missing critical information or have changed the way they describe the outcomes to suit the results they found (or wanted). Despite these problems, the vast majority of the new methods and … Continue reading Thinking outside the cylinder: on the use of clinical trial registries in evidence synthesis communities

So you’ve found a competing interest disclosure. Now what?

Published research varies across a spectrum that at one end is simply marketing masquerading as genuine inquiry. Actors in lab coats. To counter this problem, every time research is published in a journal, the authors are expected to declare anything that might have affected their impartiality in that work. Unfortunately, we very rarely do anything … Continue reading So you’ve found a competing interest disclosure. Now what?

Media collection about conflicts of interest in systematic reviews of neuraminidase inhibitors

As usual, I'm keeping a record of major stories in the media related to a recently published paper. I will continue to update this post to reflect the media response to our article in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Michael McCarthy from the BMJ covered the research, including asking extra questions. Melissa Davey from Guardian covered … Continue reading Media collection about conflicts of interest in systematic reviews of neuraminidase inhibitors

Do people outside of universities want to read peer-reviewed journal articles?

I asked a question on Twitter about whether or not people actually tried to read the peer-reviewed journal articles (not just the media releases), and if they encountered paywalls when they tried. This is what happened: [Click on the time/date to see the conversation] In case you don't want to read through the whole conversation, … Continue reading Do people outside of universities want to read peer-reviewed journal articles?

Introducing evidence surveillance as a research stream

I've taken a little while to get this post done because I've been waiting for my recently-published article to go from online-first to being citeable with volume and page numbers. Last year, I was asked to write an editorial on the topic of industry influence on clinical evidence for the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, … Continue reading Introducing evidence surveillance as a research stream

Dealing with industry’s influence on clinical evidence

I co-wrote a piece for The Conversation about a new article that was published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, written by Andreas Lundh and other luminaries from the research area. The authors showed that industry sponsored clinical trials more often report positive outcomes and fewer harmful side effects. The most interesting result from … Continue reading Dealing with industry’s influence on clinical evidence