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Increasing the accessibility of data

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 01 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:879
  1. J P Vandenbroucke
  1. Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Leiden University Hospital, PO Box 9600, 2300 RC Leiden, The Netherlands.

    EDITOR, - George Davey Smith's editorial on increasing the accessibility of data is too optimistic about the power of sharing data to arrive at “truth.”1 Sharing data can be an impediment to truth. That happens when people start arguing in such detail about the “right” analysis of data that outsiders give up and conclude that there is no evidence.

    An epidemiologist once told me that he would never share his data with …

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