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BMJ Editorial by Sir Iain Chalmers calls for all trials to be published

17 January 2013

Patients could be put at risk and healthcare resources under-utilised as a result of under-reporting research, according to an editorial in the BMJ by Sir Iain Chalmers and Professor Paul Glasziou. “Only around half of all registered trials have published at least some of their results, and this…affects most types of trial,” they report.

The NIHR recognises the issue, and all its funded projects are contractually obliged to publish their research findings, and ensure that copies of any research papers are made freely available through Euro PubMed Central.

“Research funders and institutions that continue to under-report clinical trials can now be identified [through trial registration]. Patients who are invited to participate in trials should consider the track record of their institutions and funders concerned and refuse to participate unless they receive written assurance that the full study results will be made publicly available and freely accessible”, the authors conclude.

The NIHR will soon start publishing reports of the research it commissions within its own NIHR Journals Library. The Library will comprise a suite of programme-specific journals encompassing the following NIHR programmes:

Efficacy and Mechanism and Evaluation (EME) Programme
Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme
Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme
Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR)
Public Health Research (PHR) Programme
MRC-NIHR Methodology Research (MRP) Programme

Read the Department of Health / National Institute for Health Research open access policy on published research outputs.

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