Perspectives in Clinical Research
Author: Suhasini Sharma, Sciformix Corporation
The research cycle is not complete without communicating its findings to the scientific fraternity. Publishing research benefits science, its application to practice, and helps other researchers design their own experiments. Publishing biomedical research and writing is especially important because it helps enhance understanding of health, diseases, and their management and improves medical practice, benefiting the entire human society. Clinicians and academic scientists must realize the importance of publishing their research which is not only an ethical and a moral obligation but also a due culmination of the research process.
Today, considering both electronic and print media and open access publishing, the array of biomedical journals and publications has increased exponentially. Still, only part of the research done gets published. In an analysis of 600 randomly selected clinical trials listed on clinicaltrials.gov for which results were posted on the database, only 50% were found published in a journal. This means that findings of half the research are not communicated to the scientific world, which is a great loss to the society and is unfair to the patients participating in these studies. Even for those studies whose results are published, negative findings and adverse events were less completely reported in publications as compared in database.
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