Searching for Unpublished Trials Using Trials Registers and Trials Web Sites and Obtaining Unpublished Trial Data and Corresponding Trial Protocols From Regulatory Agencies

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Investigator: Lisa A. Bero, PhD
Sponsor: Cochrane Collaboration

Location(s): United States

Description

This project will provide a state-of-knowledge overview of the experiences of Cochrane collaborators and others in searching for and getting access to regulatory information; an annotated bibliography of studies addressing searching for and getting access to unpublished data; and guidance for review authors and editorial base staff about how to identify and obtain unpublished data from regulatory agencies, trials registers and web sites.    

Completion 31st December 2013.

Project will deliver: 

1. Review of the experiences of Cochrane researchers and others with searching for and getting access to unpublished data.

2. Annotated bibliography of studies addressing searching for and getting access to unpublished data.

3. Written guidance and training materials for review authors and editorial staff

This project has completed early (October 2013).

Key message: The project findings suggest that regulatory websites should  be searched for unpublished data on  drugs.