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October 23/30, 2002

Notifying Participants of Clinical Trial Results—Reply

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;288(16):1984. doi:10.1001/jama.288.16.1981

In Reply: As Dr Periman points out, physicians who enroll patients in clinical trials often do not learn about results until they are presented or published. Furthermore, in some cases, results are never reported at a meeting or published in a journal. If a system of routinely offering results of studies to participants in clinical trials is to be instituted, it will be critical to notify their physicians as well. Ideally, physicians would be notified in advance, allowing them time to clarify results for themselves to provide effective education and counseling for their patients.