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Study Management & Closure: Dissemination of findings

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You should disseminate your research findings in a timely and appropriate fashion (e.g. peer reviewed publication or presenting at scientific meetings).  If you believe that your research findings may be best exploited by the commercial sector, Universities, the NHS and funders have technology transfer offices that can help with ensuring inventions are adequately protected before public disclosure (see ‘Consult others - Research and Development office' on this Tool Kit).

The person with overall responsibility for the programme of research should authorise publication of results.  Research findings with substantial implications for clinical practice or which are likely to attract strong public interest should be drawn to the attention of the research funder before publication.

Participants: You should also consider how best to feed back your research findings to study participants, and other interested groups.

Adverse outcomes: You should consider if it is necessary to inform the wider research community of specific unexpected adverse outcomes which you have encountered during your research, and decide how best to do this.  Such events occurring during a clinical trial of an investigational medicinal product (CTIMP) must be reported to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).  Systems are available to report adverse outcomes related to: drugs (prescription and over the counter), herbal remedies, devices and blood products (see resources below).


  • 1. EQUATOR network

    EQUATOR aims to improve the quality of scientific publications by promoting transparent reporting of health research. Access to STROBE (STrengthening the Reporting of OBservational studies in Epidemiology) and other key reporting guidelines.

    Good Practice for some em studies (not applicable for all) Date added: 23 October 2008
  • 2. CONSORT website

    The Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials Group website details the work of the CONSORT Group designed to tackle the inadequate reporting of randomized controlled trials.

    Good Practice for some em studies (not applicable for all) Date added: 23 October 2008
  • 3. MRC Ethics Series: Good Research Practice

    This document sets out the principles that MRC-funded scientists must take into account when planning and conducting research, and when recording, reporting, and applying the results

    Good Practice for all research Date added: 23 October 2008
  • 4. MRC/Wellcome Trust: Framework on the feedback of health-related findings in research

    MRC/Wellcome Trust framework to help researchers decide if and when to provide health related findings to research participants.

    Good Practice for all research Date added: 9 April 2014