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Misrepresentation of Randomized Controlled Trials in Press Releases and News Coverage: A Cohort Study

  • Amélie Yavchitz,

    Affiliations: INSERM, U738, Paris, France, Centre d'Épidémiologie Clinique, AP-HP (Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Paris), Hôpital Hôtel Dieu, Paris, France, Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité, Faculté de Médecine, Paris, France

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  • Isabelle Boutron mail,

    isabelle.boutron@htd.aphp.fr

    Affiliations: INSERM, U738, Paris, France, Centre d'Épidémiologie Clinique, AP-HP (Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Paris), Hôpital Hôtel Dieu, Paris, France, Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité, Faculté de Médecine, Paris, France

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  • Aida Bafeta,

    Affiliations: INSERM, U738, Paris, France, Centre d'Épidémiologie Clinique, AP-HP (Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Paris), Hôpital Hôtel Dieu, Paris, France, Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité, Faculté de Médecine, Paris, France

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  • Ibrahim Marroun,

    Affiliation: Department of Internal Medicine, Hôpital Foch, Suresnes, France

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  • Pierre Charles,

    Affiliation: Department of Internal Medicine, Hôpital Foch, Suresnes, France

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  • Jean Mantz,

    Affiliation: Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Beaujon University Hospital, Clichy, France

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  • Philippe Ravaud

    Affiliations: INSERM, U738, Paris, France, Centre d'Épidémiologie Clinique, AP-HP (Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Paris), Hôpital Hôtel Dieu, Paris, France, Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité, Faculté de Médecine, Paris, France

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  • Published: September 11, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001308
  • Featured in PLOS Collections

About the Authors

Amélie Yavchitz, Isabelle Boutron, Aida Bafeta, Philippe Ravaud
INSERM, U738, Paris, France
Amélie Yavchitz, Isabelle Boutron, Aida Bafeta, Philippe Ravaud
Centre d'Épidémiologie Clinique, AP-HP (Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Paris), Hôpital Hôtel Dieu, Paris, France
Amélie Yavchitz, Isabelle Boutron, Aida Bafeta, Philippe Ravaud
Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité, Faculté de Médecine, Paris, France
Ibrahim Marroun, Pierre Charles
Department of Internal Medicine, Hôpital Foch, Suresnes, France
Jean Mantz
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Beaujon University Hospital, Clichy, France

Corresponding Author

Email: isabelle.boutron@htd.aphp.fr

Competing Interests

Isabelle Boutron is a member of PLOS Medicine Editorial Board. The authors have declared that no other competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: AY IB PR. Performed the experiments: AY AB IM PC. Analyzed the data: AY. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: AY IB AB IM PC JM PR. Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: AY IB. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: AY IB PR. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: AY IB AB IM PC JM PR. Agree with manuscript results and conclusions: AY IB AB IM PC JM PR.