Whose data set is it anyway? Sharing raw data from randomized trials Editorial Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Clinical Competence
  • Feedback
  • Medical Informatics
  • Prostatectomy


  • Technological developments, particularly the Internet, have made data sharing generally a trivial logistical problem. Data sharing should come to be seen as an inherent part of conducting a randomized trial, similar to the way in which we consider ethical review and publication of study results. Journals and funding bodies should insist that trialists make raw data available, for example, by publishing data on the Web. If the clinical trial community continues to fail with respect to data sharing, we will only strengthen the public perception that we do clinical trials to benefit ourselves, not our patients.

publication date

  • May 16, 2006



  • Editorial


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1186/1745-6215-7-15

PubMed ID

  • 16704733

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