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Ben Goldacre on clinical trials: 07/01/2010

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Clinical trials in medicine are designed to be free from bias. They test, as objectively as possible, the effectiveness of a particular intervention.

When you bring the results of all these individual trials together, however, how do you weigh up what evidence is relevant and what is not?

In 1993, a method of "systematic review" was introduced that enables us to get the clearest possible view of the evidence.

About Clinical Trials - Useful Links

The Cochrane Collaboration The Cochrane Collaboration is an international not-for-profit and independent organization, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide.

What is meta analysis? (.pdf).

About Ben Goldacre

Ben is an award-winning writer, broadcaster, and medical doctor who specialises in unpicking dodgy scientific claims made by scaremongering journalists, dodgy government reports, evil pharmaceutical corporations, PR companies and quacks.

He has written the weekly Bad Science column in the Guardian since 2003. It's archived on his web site along with blogposts, columns for the British Medical Journal, and other stuff.

Bad Science Ben Goldacre's web site.

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