Letters Trial registration and publication bias

We need to ask “what is the purpose of research?”

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6165 (Published 22 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6165
  1. Hazel Thornton, honorary visiting fellow1
  1. 1Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, Colchester CO5 7EA, UK
  1. hazelcagct{at}keme.co.uk

This illuminating and beautifully reported research throws a clear shaft of light on what ails us.1 It prompts me to ask if we should thoroughly re-examine and consider the question, what is/are the purpose(s) of research? Relying on adherence to checklists of various types to improve the …

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