Study shows discrepancy in quality of oncology literature

October 28, 2014

Drs. Carmel Jacobs and Mark Clemons led a team to evaluate the quality of oncology guidance documents. Recently published in PLOS One, the study shows a discrepancy in the quality of published Consensus Statements compared to Clinical Practice Guidelines in the oncology literature, showing the latter scored better when rated on methodological quality. The research also unmasks a trend for Consensus Statements in some journals to endorse the products of their pharmaceutical sponsor. The researchers conclude that the development of guidance documents should adhere to rigorous methodological guidelines and the transparency of product sponsorship should be clear to enable readers of such documents to make informed decisions. Read the study. Other authors from here include Drs. Dean Fergusson, Brian Hutton, Ian Graham, Julie Makarski and Michael Chasse.

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