B – Public perception of clinical trials

Ohman EM, Roe MT, Armstrong PW, et al. Public sensationalism and clinical trials: how to address the challenges of science? American Journal of Medicine 2010;123:481-483. http://www.amjmed.com/article/PIIS0002934309011504/fulltext

Ensuring that clinical trials proceed rationally and without sensationalism will help to better determine the risk and benefits of the therapy under investigation. There needs to be trust and transparency between the scientific community and industry, and an effective data safety monitoring board to avoid bias and allow trials to reach their full potential.