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The recent article by Jellison et al shows how abstracts reporting randomised controlled trials of therapeutic interventions in psychiatry tend to be ‘spinned’ to suggest positive effects of treatments, even when the actual results do not.1 Although the authors do not explicitly address the reasons for such spinning, they suggest that unethical researchers ‘beautify’ their results to increase chances of publication. However, they mention a study by Lazarus et al who found reviewers recommending positive spin in their comments,2 hinting …
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