If you’re looking for evidence-based health information in Canada, a lot depends on who – and where – you are. A physician in a teaching hospital? No problem. But family doctors in rural areas, nurses or physiotherapists have a much harder time accessing up to date materials. And the general public is more likely to find themselves turning to Dr. Google than trustworthy sources.
Write Canadian MPs to bring Clinical Trial Transparency to Canada
We have a chance to improve clinical trial transparency in Canada. Bill C-17 or “Vanessa’s Law” is being considered this Tuesday (27 May 2014) and there’s a chance to get clinical trial transparency measures added to it.
We know the evidence found in Cochrane Reviews is used every day by health practitioners, consumers/patients, carers, and policy-makers all over the world to make health treatment and health system decisions. We want to hear how you've used Cochrane evidence to make your decisions, whether they be clinical, personal, policy-related, or involving any other area.
It’s time all clinical trial results are reported. Watch this video and change something.
Results from around half of clinical trials have never been published. Information on what was done and what was found in these trials could be lost forever to doctors and researchers, leading to bad treatment decisions, missed opportunities for good medicine, and trials being repeated. The contributions of the hundreds of thousands of patients who took part in those trials remain unused and unusable.