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75 clinical trials a day!

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How to keep up and how to review all this?

  • Although trials, reviews, and health technology assessments have undoubtedly had major impacts, the staple of medical literature synthesis remains the non-systematic narrative review.
  • Only a small minority of trial reports are being analysed in up-to-date systematic reviews
  • To meet the needs of patients, clinicians, and policymakers, unnecessary trials need to be reduced, and systematic reviews need to be prioritised.
  • Streamlining and innovation in methods of systematic reviewing are necessary to enable valid answers to be found for most patient questions.
  • Finally, clinicians and patients require open access to these important resources.

Bastian H, Glasziou P, Chalmers I (2010) Seventy-Five Trials and Eleven Systematic Reviews a Day: How Will We Ever Keep Up? PLoS Med 7(9): e1000326. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000326

See PLOS Hub for clinical trials:
http://clinicaltrials.ploshubs.org/home.action

Written by hbasset

October 26, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Posted in Science 2.0

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