Research Article

Publishing the findings of clinical research.

BMJ 1993; 307 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.307.6915.1340 (Published 20 November 1993) Cite this as: BMJ 1993;307:1340
  1. A J Munro
  1. Margaret Axhorn Medical Centre, Cranford, Middlesex.

    Abstract

    Current regulations and practice may not prevent a sponsor of clinical research from delaying or preventing the dissemination of findings that do not support his or her commercial, professional, or managerial interests. Pharmaceutical trials are particularly subject to this concern, but the issue of non-publication has a wider significance. Patients participate in research on the understanding that it will be of public benefit. To be fair to these patients we must confirm that data will be analysed without bias and that findings will be regarded as being in the public domain and hence available to interested reviewers even if the results do not justify publication. Clinical investigators and ethics committees have the power and the duty to enforce this outcome.