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RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 151-153

Contradicting/negative results in clinical research: Why (do we get these)? Why not (get these published)? Where (to publish)?


1 Department of Pharmacology, Subharti Medical College, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Prosthodontics, Subharti Dental College, Delhi-Haridwar Bypass, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India

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S Kannan
Department of Pharmacology, Subharti Medical College, Delhi-Haridwar Bypass, Meerut - 250 005, Uttar Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-3485.140546

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Obtaining negative or contradicting results, whereas conducting a study has always been overlooked as inadequacies on the part of the researcher. Many-a-times, negative results are arrived at even after conducting the study with great care and effort. This cannot be considered, a flaw, always. Contradicting results may be arrived at because of various reasons and should be considered and published in order to arrive at a definitive result. Various journals are available which publish these contradicting results exclusively. It is the duty of the researcher to know in detail the cause and effect of these, considering the pros and cons. This article gives a bird's eye view of when, where and how to manage negative or contradicting results of a study.


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