“RIAT is an international effort to tackle bias in the way research is reported with the goal of providing more accurate information to patients and other healthcare decision makers.
Randomized controlled trials are known as medicine’s “gold standard” for reliable evidence. However, they are falling short of that standard, in large part due to two fundamental problems:
MISREPORTING: many trials that are published are inaccurately or incompletely reported (misreported trials)
INVISIBILITY: not all trials conducted are published (unpublished trials)
When the original investigators or sponsors do not correct misreporting, or even leave the entire trial unpublished, they can be considered to have abandoned their trial. And the downstream effects can be substantial, drawing to false conclusions about the effectiveness and safety of medical interventions.
The RIAT initiative aims to address these problems by offering a methodology that allows other people to responsibly correct the record….”