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Doug Altman

Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford, United Kingdom


Doug Altman is the founding director of the Centre for Statistics in Medicine in Oxford. He is also co-director of the Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit (OCTRU). He is author of Practical Statistics for Medical Research (1991). I have published over 800 journal articles, many aimed directly or indirectly at improving the quality and value of published medical research.

He is the senior statistics editor at the BMJ and co-editor in chief of the journal Trials. He was co-convenor of the Statistical Methods Group of the Cochrane Collaboration from 1993 to 2013 and remain co-convenor of two other Cochrane Methods groups. He received the BMJ’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

His research interests include the use and abuse of statistics in medical research, studies of prognosis, regression modelling, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, randomised trials, and studies of medical measurement.

Over the last 20 years my interest has focused increasingly on the serious adverse consequences of poor reporting of research. Since 1997 he has been actively involved in developing guidelines for reporting research. He is a member of the executive groups of many of the leading reporting guidelines, including CONSORT, STROBE, PRISMA, REMARK, TRIPOD and ARRIVE. In 2006 he led the foundation of the EQUATOR Network which seeks to improve the quality of scientific publications by promoting transparent and accurate reporting of health research. Recently these activities have expanded into becoming involved in developing guidance for planning research.



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