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UK universities show the way in reporting clinical trial results

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 17 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1834
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

UK universities are leading the way in reporting their clinical trial results—beating other European institutions hands down—but only after government pressure to improve, a recent study shows.1

The encouraging results, highlighted by Till Bruckner of the campaigning organisation TranspariMED, are based on data from the Evidence Based Medicine Data Lab, led by Ben Goldacre at the University of Oxford.

The latest data, outlined in a blog post,1 showed that the top five universities for reporting their results were Dundee (97% of trials), Nottingham (96%), Queen Mary University of London (94%), Oxford (93%), and King’s College, London (93%).

By comparison, reporting rates at universities outside the UK were very low, said Bruckner, TranspariMED’s founder. Copenhagen reported only 8% of its trial results, …

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