Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Letters Barriers to access of clinical data

Inadequacy of remote desktop interface for independent reanalysis of data from drug trials

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 09 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4353

Rapid Response:

Data request or peep show?

According to an online dictionary, the noun "request" is defined as "an act of asking politely or formally for something". Once made, requests are either (a) granted, (b) denied, or (c) ignored. In the case of the website called, most speakers of English would assume that the "something" being requested is data. So it seems reasonable that a researcher requesting data would be eligible to receive same, but surprisingly, this is not the case. Instead, they are allowed a distant peek through a web portal. Having discussed the misleading nature of this website's name with Dr Doshi, I propose the more accurate "".

Competing interests: No competing interests

04 December 2016
Erick H Turner
Associate Professor
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR USA