Podcast Special: AllTrials interview – it’s time we all knew the truth

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If you care about the medicines you take or the healthcare you are given, then you really need to listen to this special episode of the Guru Magazine podcast. In this episode, we meet up with Sile Lane and Chris Peters from the AllTrials campaign who explain why evidence-based medicine isn’t really based on all the evidence. There is a campaign afoot to set things straight and you can do something about it.

The scandal: Only half of all clinical research ever gets published

AllTrials CampaignYou may think that we live in an era in which the medicines we take are given to us on the basis of good science and thorough research. They mostly are… but even today we’re not getting the full picture. About one half of all clinical trials that examine how well drugs work never see the light of day – they are simply never published. We may never know why researchers choose not to show their results: it could be that they don’t want others to see what they found or they ran out of time or money. But we know that it is wrong.

AllTrials (run by the UK’s Sense about Science, among other organisations*) is seeking to set the record straight by campaigning for all clinical research – past, present and future – to be published in a way that everyone can access and understand.

That such a campaign is even needed is something of a scandal – but one you can do something about. After listening, why not visit the AllTrials website where you can sign the petition and view a video and explanation in many of the world’s languages.

*All these organisations are involved in the AllTrials campaign: Bad ScienceBMJ, Centre for Evidence-based Medicine, Cochrane Collaboration, James Lind InitiativePLOS and Sense About Science and is being led in the US by Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice.

Article by Stuart Farrimond

March 26, 2014

Doctor Stu is editor of Guru Magazine. He originally trained as a medical doctor before deciding to branch out into lecturing, writing, editing and science communication. He drinks far too much coffee, eats lots of ice cream and has a bizarre love of keeping fit.
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