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A Yavchitz, I Boutron, A Bafeta, I Marroun, P Charles, J Mantz and P Ravaud
Abstract
Previous studies indicate that in published reports, trial results can be distorted by the use of “spin” (specific reporting strategies, intentional or unintentional, emphasizing the beneficial effect of the experimental treatment). We aimed to (1) evaluate the presence of “spin” in press releases and associated media coverage; and (2) evaluate whether findings of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) based on press releases and media coverage are misinterpreted.
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ClinicalTrials.gov, Pharmaceutical industry, Evaluation methods, Cohort study, Epidemiology, Randomized controlled trial, Experimental design, Clinical trial
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