Should Journals Devote Space to Trials with No Results?

Ezzo, Jeanette
October 2003
Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine;Oct2003, Vol. 9 Issue 5, p611
Academic Journal
The article focuses on editor's comments on the German chronic low-back pain acupuncture trial that appeared in the November 2003 issue of The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, with no discussion of result of the trial. This type of article is first of its kind, for this journal and for evidence-based complementary medicine. This trial has no results. This is simply a publication of a study design of a large, randomized trial that is still ongoing. According to the editor, publishing information about an ongoing trial is vital for researchers conducting systematic reviews of the evidence because of publication bias.


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