Clinical trials are the best way of finding out if medical treatments are safe and effective. However the results of many clinical trials involving humans, especially those with negative results, are never published. This prevents doctors and patients from making truly informed healthcare decisions. The All Trials Initiative is a campaign calling for the registration and publication of all clinical trials results involving humans. This initiative is sponsored by over 500 organizations representing doctors, patients, and researchers and supported by nearly 80,000 individuals.
In veterinary medicine we also need an All Trials initiative. Registration and publication of veterinary clinical trials is just as critical for making the best decisions about individual patient care, herd health, and other veterinary care issues. A group of interested organisations are working together to establish a consortium to develop a veterinary version of All Trials. We now have a website (http://vetalltrials.org/) and a twitter feed (@vetalltrials #vetalltrials).
The people currently involved are: Dr. Rachel Dean, Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine (CEVM) at University of Nottingham (www.nottingham.ac.uk/cevm) Dr. Stuart Turner and Dr. Brennen McKenzie, Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine Association (EBVMA, ebvma.org) Dr. Annette O’Connor, Iowa State University Dr. Paul Pion, Veterinary Information Network, (vin.com) Nick Royle and Clare Boulton, RCVS Knowledge EBVM Network (knowledge.rcvs.org.uk) Dr. Alison Lambert, OnSwitch, (onswitch.co.uk) Suzanne Jarvis, Veterinary Record and Veterinary Record Open (British Medical Journals, BMJ) Dr Suzanna Reynolds, Paradigm Support Ltd (IT solutions)
The purpose of this quick survey is to establish if the veterinary profession and the public is interested in supporting the 'Veterinary All Trials' initiative and think it is important. We are also looking for people to join us in this campaign and form a consortium. Whoever you are your opinion is important to us.
It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete the survey. All responses will be kept confidential. This study has received ethical approval from the Ethics committee at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, The University of Nottingham. The data will be collected, analysed and securely stored by the CEVM.