Making Prospective Registration of Observational Research a Reality

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The vast majority of health-related observational studies are not prospectively registered and the advantages of registration have not been fully appreciated. Nonetheless, international standards require approval of study protocols by an independent ethics committee before the study can begin. We suggest that there is an ethical and scientific imperative to publicly preregister key information from newly approved protocols, which should be required by funders. Ultimately, more complete information may be publicly available by disclosing protocols, analysis plans, data sets, and raw data.

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Education level(s): College / Upper Division (Undergraduates)

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Subject area(s): Applied Science, Life Science, Social Science

Language(s): English