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Influences on the Quality of Published Drug Studies

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 March 2009

Lisa A. Bero
University of California, San Francisco
Drummond Rennie
University of California, San Francisco


To practice evidence-based medicine, physicians need data on the clinical effectiveness, toxicity, convenience, and cost of new drugs compared with available alternatives. We give examples of published drug studies that are defective, sometimes because pharmaceutical industry funding has affected their content and quality. We make recommendations on how to avoid these defects.

Special Section: The Quality of the Medical Evidence: Is It Good Enough?
Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1996

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