Clinical data sharing: why publishing negative and less impactful results is important for patient safety
Clinical trials are essential in drug development and are the cornerstone for getting a medicinal product authorized for marketing, because clinical trials investigate efficacy and drug safety. When the results of clinical trials are published, they can be informative to health care professionals, policy makers, media and the general public. But not all trial results are conclusive or significant, and many trials show that drugs are ineffective. These results often do not get published, either because these results are not suitable for a journal or because the researcher does not think these results are worth publishing. Due to the fact that inconclusive and insignificant results are not published, we are facing a publication bias towards positive results. During this webinar the speaker will demonstrate why publishing negative and less impactful results of clinical trials, as in Elsevier’s newly launched Open Access Journal ‘Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications’ reduces publication bias and is important for patient safety.