ZALMEN A. ARLIN, M.D.
To the editor: The objective of clinical research is to develop a better understanding of disease and how to treat it. In clinical trials, the objective is to develop new treatments for diseases without definitive effective therapy. Clinical trials by nature involve many participants each doing a different task. The current practice of assigning the sequence of authors is sometimes arbitrary and leads to conflicts among investigators. Five functions can be defined that lead to publishing the results of a clinical trial. They include the design, execution, data analysis, statistical analysis, and writing of the paper detailing the accomplishments of
ARLIN ZA. Authorship and Clinical Trials. Ann Intern Med. ;108:495–496. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-3-495_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(3):495-496.
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