WCPT has joined an international campaign calling for all trials to be registered and published so that both positive and negative results are published.
It has signed up to the All Trials campaign, an initiative from organisations including Sense About Science, the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine and the Cochrane Collaboration and publications including the British Medical Journal.
Thousands of clinical trials have not reported their results, some have not been registered, and as a result information on what was discovered could be lost forever to researchers. This could lead to bad treatment decisions, missed opportunities for good practice, and trials being repeated. The campaign is calling on governments, regulators and research bodies to implement measures to ensure that all trials are registered, and the full methods and the results reported.
WCPT has signed up to the campaign joining other national and international professional associations, research institutes, journals and patient groups.
“This campaign fits closely with WCPT’s policy statement on research, which clearly advocates for the reporting of research results, both positive and negative, as an ethical responsibility and a requirement for evidence based practice,” says Tracy Bury, WCPT’s Director of Professional Policy. “We would now encourage our member organisations and individual physical therapists to support the campaign.”