After they are published, clinical study results should be critically reviewed and assessed for such things as reliability, bias, significance, and fit with existing literature.
Clinical Trial Results
When performing a critical reading of clinical study results, the reader should take relevant information into account from the best available sources and should consider questions about the reliability, methodology, results, discussion, significance, and conclusions of the study.
The value of clincal trial results is assessed in light of its design, its participants, the observed effects, and previous medical knowledge.
Clinical trial results are recorded in a clinical study report (CSR) in a prescribed manner; however, access to the CSR is usually limited. Summarised information from the CSR comes into the public domain via a number of routes.
Clinical trial results are statistically analysed in terms of demographics, efficacy, and safety. Different types of clinical trial may warrant different interpretations of trial results.