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Letters Research paper of the year award

BMJ shortlisted trial of Edwards-SAPIEN valve does not include all randomised patients

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 22 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3229
  1. Michael A Crilly, senior lecturer in clinical epidemiology1
  1. 1Aberdeen University Medical School, Aberdeen AB25 2ZD, UK
  1. mike.crilly{at}

I was surprised that the Edwards-SAPIEN aortic valve trial by Makkar et al was shortlisted for the “Research Paper of the Year award 2013” because a recent BMJ article highlighted how the investigators excluded 20% of the patients randomly allocated into it.1 2 3

The shortlisted paper reports on the two year mortality outcome of Edwards-SAPIEN valve insertion versus usual medical care in 358 …

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