International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP)

Reporting of Findings of Clinical Trials

When researchers embark on a clinical trial, they make a commitment to conduct the trial and to report the findings in accordance with basic ethical principles. This includes preserving the accuracy of the results and making both positive and negative results publicly available. However, a significant proportion of healthcare research remains unpublished and, even when it is published, some researchers do not make all of their results available. Selective reporting, regardless of the reason for it, leads to an incomplete and potentially biased view of the trial and its results. For more information please refer to "Reporting the Findings of Clinical Trials" in The Bulletin.