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Outcome Reporting Bias in Trials

Paper on selective reporting bias wins Cochrane Bill Silverman prize (5th October 2015)

The Cochrane Bill Silverman prize was awarded today to the authors of a paper which investigated the selective reporting bias of harm outcomes within studies. The paper entitled “selective reporting bias of harm outcomes within studies: findings from a cohort of systematic reviews” concludes that “the number of reviews suspected of outcome reporting bias as a result of missing or partially reported harm related outcomes from at least one eligible study is high. The declaration of important harms and the quality of the reporting of harm outcomes must be improved in both primary studies and systematic reviews. Read the full paper here