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Survey of Dutch doctors finds evidence of widespread research misconduct

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 20 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2898
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. 1Utrecht

A Dutch survey claims that one in seven doctors have seen scientific research results that have been invented. In addition, nearly a quarter have seen data that have been massaged to achieve significant results. However, the survey has attracted criticism from researchers, who argue that it is based on “hearsay” and “undefined criteria.”

The survey of 1635 doctors, about half of whom responded (809), included GPs and specialists from hospital and social care. It was published in Medisch Contact, the journal of the Dutch Medical Association (

A survey of UK doctors conducted by the BMJ in January found that 13% of …

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