Prospective registration of health care research would help

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6999.262b (Published 22 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:262
  1. Iain Chalmers,
  2. Muir Gray,
  3. Trevor Sheldon
  1. Director UK Cochrane Centre, NHS Research and Development Programme, Oxford OX2 7LG
  2. Chair National Research Register Task Force, NHS Research and Development Directorate, Leeds LS2 7UE
  3. Director NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, York YO1 5DD

    EDITOR,--Stephen Lock urges Britain to abandon its lax approach to scientific fraud and to establish national mechanisms to reassure the public that the activities of the research community can, when necessary, be audited.1 We agree and suggest that a national health register is a fundamental pre-requisite for addressing this problem.

    Internationally, there has been increasing acknowledgment that controlled trials should be registered at their inception to facilitate participation in them; to prevent unknowing duplication; and to make it easier to identify …

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