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Publishing raw data and real time statistical analysis on e-journals

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 03 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:530
  1. David J R Hutchon, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist
  1. Memorial Hospital, Darlington, County Durham DL3 6HX

    Authors of medical publications rarely provide their readers with the full raw data from their work but provide only the summarised statistical analysis. Indeed, publishing the raw data in a paper journal would usually be impractical and of little help to readers as transcription from the printed paper to a computer for further analysis would be laborious and prone to transcription errors. Without raw data, however, peer reviewers are unable to check the statistical analysis, and further work on the data by others is not possible.

    I demonstrate a method of including the raw data within a web version of an audit project that includes real time data …

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