Major review of C-19 studies in BMC Medicine

The proliferation of Covid-19 research in major medical journals has led to a review of these studies, co-authored by Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment (HEHTA) researchers, being published in BMC Medicine.

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Led by Terence Quinn from the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences (ICAMS) and including Claudia Geue, Ryan Field, Ping-Hsuan Hsieh and Dikshyanta Rana (HEHTA), the team conducted a study comparing methodological and reporting quality of Covid-19 and other research from the first wave of the pandemic.

Last year, there was a substantial increase in the publication of biomedical research related to Covid-19 in many prominent journals. The urgency in obtaining evidence and the looming fear worldwide accelerated its dissemination through scientific and public platforms such as social media and lay-press. Subsequently, concerns were raised regarding the integrity and quality of this rapidly published research.

The paper, published by BMC Medicine, reports that "the Covid-19 research published in major journals during the first wave of the pandemic had methodological and reporting issues that ultimately compromise the utility of the research and may cause harm".

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First published: 14 March 2018

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