Why Are Major Medical Journals Failing to Report on Required Clinical Trials Results?


Jocelyn Kaiser, writing for Science Magazine, reports that major medical journals are not following their own rules for reporting clinical trials results. Ms. Kaiser followed the story of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine Outcome Monitoring Project (COMPare) project. That group examined comprehensive clinical trials reported and published over 6 weeks in five journals including:

Annals of Internal Medicine

  • The BMJ
  • JAMA
  • The Lancet
  • The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)

These journals had long endorsed long-established Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) guidelines. Ms. Kaiser reminds us that only nine out of 67 trials published in the five journals reported outcomes correctly! Follow the link to read Ms. Kaiser’s entire story and explore what the cause of this issue may be.