75 clinical trials a day!
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
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