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Letters Bureaucracy in clinical research

Seven electrocardiographs for seven clinical research studies

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 17 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1720
  1. John R Zalcberg, chair, Australian Clinical Trials Alliance
  1. Department of Medical Oncology, Alfred Health and School of Public Health, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  1. john.zalcberg{at}

Picture a small hospital room of 2 m2 crammed with seven almost identical electrocardiographs.1 Each provides typical electrocardiograms to measure electrical abnormalities of the heart with appropriate sensitivity and specificity. Each was procured separately for a specific clinical study and can be used for only that purpose. There are …

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