Timely publication of trial results
How long should it take from the end of a clinical trial to publication of the results?
14 June 2013
Associate Professor Lisa Askie, who leads the systematic reviews
and health technology assessment team at the CTC
and manages the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry,
discusses this issue in MJA Insight.
"It would seem self-evident that publishing the results of
research as soon as is feasible is a scientific, ethical and moral
"Scientifically, it allows others in the field to recalibrate
the current state of knowledge with the new findings and plan
future research in appropriate directions. Ethically and morally,
researchers have a responsibility to their trial's participants to
ensure that the information willingly shared is added to the public
record and thus furthers scientific knowledge."
But there can be reasons for a delay in publication and
sometimes it is wise not to rush it.
Read the full article in MJA Insight here.