Fraud in clinical trials

Detecting it and preventing it


  • The authors were supported in part in this work by the UK Medical Research Council Network of Hubs for Trials Methodology Research. The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily of organisations with which the authors are affiliated.


Fraud is surprisingly hard to conceal. If you make up or alter the data in a clinical trial you will leave a trail that a good statistician can follow. Christopher Weir and Gordon Murray tell would-be detectives where the clues will be.