Ben Goldacre

Ben Goldacre works on trials transparency, trial reporting, policy RCTs, and better uses of data in the NHS. He trained in medicine at Oxford and UCL, psychiatry at the Maudsley, and epidemiology at LSHTM. He also does extensive public engagement work, for which a full bio is here.

Recent projects include

www.OpenPrescribing.net

www.OpenTrials.net

www.COMPare-trials.org

Related Publications

Who Owns the Data? Open Data for Healthcare.

Kostkova, P. ; Brewer, H. ; de Lusignan, S. ; Fottrell, E. ; Goldacre, B. ; Hart, G. ; Koczan, P. ; Knight, P. ; Marsolier, C. ; McKendry, R.A. ; Ross, E. ; Sasse, A. ; Sullivan, R. ; Chaytor, S. ; Stevenson, O. ; Velho, R. ; Tooke, J. ;
Who Owns the Data? Open Data for Healthcare.
Front Public Health, 2016; 4:7

Text messaging reminders for influenza vaccine in primary care: a cluster randomised controlled trial (TXT4FLUJAB).

Herrett, E. ; Williamson, E. ; van Staa, T. ; Ranopa, M. ; Free, C. ; Chadborn, T. ; Goldacre, B. ; Smeeth, L. ;
Text messaging reminders for influenza vaccine in primary care: a cluster randomised controlled trial (TXT4FLUJAB).
BMJ Open, 2016; 6(2):e010069

Fixing flaws in science must be professionalised.

Goldacre, B. Brown, T.
J Clin Epidemiol, 2015;70:267-9.

Funding source and primary outcome changes in clinical trials registered on ClinicalTrials.gov are associated with the reporting of a statistically significant primary outcome: a cross-sectional study.

Ramagopalan, SV. Skingsley, AP. Handunnetthi, L. Magnus, D. Klingel, M. Pakpoor, J. Goldacre, B. 
F1000Res, 2015; 4:80.

How to get all trials reported: audit, better data, and individual accountability.

Goldacre, B. 
PLoS Med, 2015; 12(4):e1001821.

Atypical antipsychotic augmentation in SSRI treatment refractory obsessive-compulsive disorder: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Veale, D. ; Miles, S. ; Smallcombe, N. ; Ghezai, H. ; Goldacre, B. ; Hodsoll, J. ;
Atypical antipsychotic augmentation in SSRI treatment refractory obsessive-compulsive disorder: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
BMC Psychiatry, 2014; 14:317

OpenTrials: towards a collaborative open database of all available information on all clinical trials.

Goldacre, B. ; Gray, J. ;
OpenTrials: towards a collaborative open database of all available information on all clinical trials.
Trials, 2016; 17(1):164

Impact of statin related media coverage on use of statins: interrupted time series analysis with UK primary care data.

Matthews, A. ; Herrett, E. ; Gasparrini, A. ; Van Staa, T. ; Goldacre, B. ; Smeeth, L. ; Bhaskaran, K. ;
Impact of statin related media coverage on use of statins: interrupted time series analysis with UK primary care data.
BMJ, 2016; 353:i3283

Cancer Drugs Fund requires further reform.

Grieve, R. ; Abrams, K. ; Claxton, K. ; Goldacre, B. ; James, N. ; Nicholl, J. ; Parmar, M. ; Parker, C. ; Sekhon, J.S. ; Smeeth, L. ; Spiegelhalter, D. ; Sculpher, M. ;
Cancer Drugs Fund requires further reform.
BMJ, 2016; 354:i5090

Healthcare Access and Quality Index based on mortality from causes amenable to personal health care in 195 countries and territories, 1990-2015: a novel analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015

Barber, R.M.; Fullman, N.; Sorensen, R.J.D.; Bollyky, T.; McKee, M.; Nolte, E.; Abajobir, A.A.; Abate, K.H.; Abbafati, C.; Abbas, K.M.; Abd-Allah, F.; Abdulle, A.M.; Abdurahman, A.A.; Abera, S.F.; Abraham, B.; Abreha, G.F.; Adane, K.; Adelekan, A.L.; Adetifa, I.M.O.; Afshin, A.; Agarwal, A.; Agarwal, S.K.; Agarwal, S.; Agrawal, A.; Kiadaliri, A.A.; Ahmadi, A.; Ahmed, K.Y.; Ahmed, M.B.; Akinyemi, R.O.; Akinyemiju, T.F.; Akseer, N.; Al-Aly, Z.; Alam, K.; Alam, N.; Alam, S.S.; Alemu, Z.A.; Alene, K.A.; Alexander, L.; Ali, R.; Ali, S.D.; Alizadeh-Navaei, R.; Alkerwi, A.; Alla, F.; Allebeck, P.; Allen, C.; Al-Raddadi, R.; Alsharif, U.; Altirkawi, K.A.; Martin, E.A.; Alvis-Guzman, N.; Amare, A.T.; Amini, E.; Ammar, W.; Amo-Adjei, J.; Amoako, Y.A.; Anderson, B.O.; Androudi, S.; Ansari, H.; Ansha, M.G.; Antonio, C.A.T.; Arnlov, J.; Al, A.; Asayesh, H.; Assadi, R.; Astatkie, A.; Atey, T.M.; Atique, S.; Atnafu, N.T.; Atre, S.R.; Avila-Burgos, L.; Avokpaho, E.; Quintanilla, B.P.A.; Awasthi, A.; Ayele, N.N.; Azzopardi, P.; Saleem, H.O.B.; Baernighausen, T.; Bacha, U.; Badawi, A.; Banerjee, A.; Barac, A.; Barboza, M.A.; Barker-Collo, S.L.; Barrero, L.H.; Basu, S.; Baune, B.T.; Baye, K.; Bayou, Y.T.; Bazargan-Hejazi, S.; Bedi, N.; Beghi, E.; Bejot, Y.; Bello, A.K.; Bennett, D.A.; Bensenor, I.M.; Berhane, A.; Bernabe, E.; Bernal, O.A.; Beyene, A.S.; Beyene, T.J.; Bhutta, Z.A.; Biadgilign, S.; Bikbov, B.; Birlik, S.M.; Birungi, C.; Biryukov, S.; Bisanzio, D.; Bizuayehu, H.M.; Bose, D.; Brainin, M.; Brauer, M.; Brazinova, A.; Breitborde, N.J.K.; Brenner, H.; Butt, Z.A.; Cardenas, R.; Cahuana-Hurtado, L.; Campos-Nonato, I.R.; Car, J.; Carrero, J.J.; Casey, D.; Caso, V.; Castaneda-Orjuela, C.A.; Rivas, J.C.; Catala-Lopez, F.; Cecilio, P.; Cercy, K.; Charlson, F.J.; Chen, A.Z.; Chew, A.; Chibalabala, M.; Chibueze, C.E.; Chisumpa, V.H.; Chitheer, A.A.; Chowdhury, R.; Christensen, H.; Christopher, D.J.; Ciobanu, L.G.; Cirillo, M.; Coggeshall, M.S.; Cooper, L.T.; Cortinovis, M.; Crump, J.A.; Dalal, K.; Dandona, L.; Dandona, R.; Dargan, P.I.; Das Neves, J.; Davey, G.; Davitoiu, D.V.; Davletov, K.; de Leo, D.; del Gobbo, L.C.; del Pozo-Cruz, B.; Dellavalle, R.P.; Deribe, K.; Deribew, A.; Jarlais, D.C.D.; Dey, S.; Dharmaratne, S.D.; Dicker, D.; Ding, E.L.; Dokova, K.; Dorsey, E.R.; Doyle, K.E.; Dubey, M.; Ehrenkranz, R.; Ehrenkranz, R.; Ellingsen, C.L.; Elyazar, I.; Enayati, A.; Ermakov, S.P.; Eshrati, B.; Esteghamati, A.; Estep, K.; Fuerst, T.; Faghmous, I.D.A.; Fanuel, F.B.B.; Faraon, E.J.A.; Farid, T.A.; Farinha, C.; Faro, A.; Farvid, M.S.; Farzadfar, F.; Feigin, V.L.; Feigl, A.B.; Fereshtehnejad, S.M.; Fernandes, J.G.; Fernandes, J.C.; Feyissa, T.R.; Fischer, F.; Fitzmaurice, C.; Fleming, T.D.; Foigt, N.; Foreman, K.J.; Forouzanfar, M.H.; Franklin, R.C.; Frostad, J.; Hiwot, T.T.G.; Gakidou, E.; Gambashidze, K.; Gamkrelidze, A.; Gao, W.; Garcia-Basteiro, A.L.; Gebre, T.; Gebremedhin, A.T.; Gebremichael, M.W.; Gebru, A.A.; Gelaye, A.A.; Geleijnse, J.M.; Genova-Maleras, R.; Gibney, K.B.; Giref, A.Z.; Gishu, M.D.; Giussani, G.; Godwin, W.W.; Gold, A.; Goldberg, E.M.; Gona, P.N.; Goodridge, A.; Gopalani, S.V.; Goto, A.; Graetz, N.; Greaves, F.; Griswold, M.; Guban, P.I.; Gugnani, H.C.; Gupta, P.C.; Gupta, R.; Gupta, R.; Gupta, T.; Gupta, V.; Habtewold, T.D.; Hafezi-Nejad, N.; Haile, D.; Hailu, A.D.; Hailu, G.B.; Hakuzimana, A.; Hamadeh, R.R.; Hambisa, M.T.; Hamidi, S.; Hammami, M.; Hankey, G.J.; Hao, Y.; Harb, H.L.; Hareri, H.A.; Haro, J.M.; Hassanvand, M.S.; Havmoeller, R.; Hay, R.J.; Hay, S.I.; Hendrie, D.; Heredia-Pi, I.B.; Hoek, H.W.; Horino, M.; Horita, N.; Hosgood, H.D.; Htet, A.S.; Hu, G.; Huang, H.; Huang, J.J.; Huntley, B.M.; Huynh, C.; Iburg, K.M.; Ileanu, B.V.; Innos, K.; Irenso, A.A.; Jahanmehr, N.; Jakovljevic, M.B.; James, P.; James, S.L.; Javanbakht, M.; Jayaraman, S.P.; Jayatilleke, A.U.; Jeemon, P.; Jha, V.; John, D.; Johnson, C.; Johnson, S.C.; Jonas, J.B.; Juel, K.; Kabir, Z.; Kalkonde, Y.; Kamal, R.; Kan, H.; Karch, A.; Karema, C.K.; Karimi, S.M.; Kasaeian, A.; Kassebaum, N.J.; Kastor, A.; Katikireddi, S.V.; Kazanjan, K.; Keiyoro, P.N.; Kemmer, L.; Kemp, A.H.; Kengne, A.P.; Kerbo, A.A.; Kereselidze, M.; Kesavachandran, C.N.; Khader, Y.S.; Khalil, I.; Khan, A.R.; Khan, E.A.; Khan, G.; Khang, Y.H.; Khoja, A.T.A.; Khonelidze, I.; Khubchandani, J.; Kibret, G.D.; Kim, D.; Kim, P.; Kim, Y.J.; Kimokoti, R.W.; Kinfu, Y.; Kissoon, N.; Kivipelto, M.; Kokubo, Y.; Kolk, A.; Kolte, D.; Kopec, J.A.; Kosen, S.; Koul, P.A.; Koyanagi, A.; Kravchenko, M.; Krishnaswami, S.; Krohn, K.J.; Defo, B.K.; Bicer, B.K.; Kuipers, E.J.; Kulkarni, V.S.; Kumar, G.A.; Kumsa, F.A.; Kutz, M.; Kyu, H.H.; Lager, A.C.J.; Lal, A.; Lal, D.K.; Lalloo, R.; Lallukka, T.; Lan, Q.; Langan, S.M.; Lansingh, V.C.; Larson, H.J.; Larsson, A.; Laryea, D.O.; Latif, A.A.; Lawrynowicz, A.E.B.; Leasher, J.L.; Leigh, J.; Leinsalu, M.; Leshargie, C.T.; Leung, J.; Leung, R.; Levi, M.; Liang, X.; Lim, S.S.; Lind, M.; Linn, S.; Lipshultz, S.E.; Liu, P.; Liu, Y.; lo, L.T.; Logroscino, G.; Lopez, A.D.; Lorch, S.A.; Lotufo, P.A.; Lozano, R.; Lunevicius, R.; Lyons, R.A.; MacArayan, E.R.K.; MacKay, M.T.; el Razek, H.M.A.; el Razek, M.M.A.; Mahdavi, M.; Majeed, A.; Malekzadeh, R.; Malta, D.C.; Mantovani, L.G.; Manyazewal, T.; Mapoma, C.C.; Marcenes, W.; Marks, G.B.; Marquez, N.; Martinez-Raga, J.; Marzan, M.B.; Massano, J.; Mathur, M.R.; Maulik, P.K.; Mazidi, M.; McAlinden, C.; McGrath, J.J.; McNellan, C.; Meaney, P.A.; Mehari, A.; Mehndiratta, M.M.; Meier, T.; Mekonnen, A.B.; Meles, K.G.; Memish, Z.A.; Mengesha, M.M.; Mengiste, D.T.; Mengistie, M.A.; Menota, B.G.; Mensah, G.A.; Mereta, S.T.; Meretoja, A.; Meretoja, T.J.; Mezgebe, H.B.; Micha, R.; Millear, A.; Mills, E.J.; Minnig, S.; Mirarefin, M.; Mirrakhimov, E.M.; Mock, C.N.; Mohammad, K.A.; Mohammed, S.; Mohanty, S.K.; Mokdad, A.H.; Mola, G.L.D.; Molokhia, M.; Monasta, L.; Montico, M.; Moradi-Lakeh, M.; Moraga, P.; Morawska, L.; Mori, R.; Moses, M.; Mueller, U.O.; Murthy, S.; Musa, K.I.; Nachega, J.B.; Nagata, C.; Nagel, G.; Naghavi, M.; Naheed, A.; Naldi, L.; Nangia, V.; Nascimento, B.R.; Negoi, I.; Neupane, S.P.; Newton, C.R.; Ng, M.; Ngalesoni, F.N.; Ngunjiri, J.W.; Nguyen, G.; Ningrum, D.N.A.; Nolte, S.; Nomura, M.; Norheim, O.F.; Norrving, B.; Noubiap, J.J.N.; Obermeyer, C.M.; Ogbo, F.A.; Oh, I.H.; Okoro, A.; Oladimeji, O.; Olagunju, A.T.; Olivares, P.R.; Olsen, H.E.; Olusanya, B.O.; Olusanya, J.O.; Opio, J.N.; Oren, E.; Ortiz, A.; Osborne, R.H.; Osman, M.; Owolabi, M.O.; Mahesh, P.A.; Pain, A.W.; Pakhale, S.; Castillo, E.P.; Pana, A.; Papachristou, C.; Parsaeian, M.; Patel, T.; Patton, G.C.; Paudel, D.; Paul, V.K.; Pearce, N.; Pereira, D.M.; Perez-Padilla, R.; Perez-Ruiz, F.; Perico, N.; Pesudovs, K.; Petzold, M.; Phillips, M.R.; Pigott, D.M.; Pillay, J.D.; Pinho, C.; Polinder, S.; Pond, C.D.; Prakash, V.; Purwar, M.; Qorbani, M.; Quistberg, D.A.; Radfar, A.; Rafay, A.; Rahimi, K.; Rahimi-Movaghar, V.; Rahman, M.; Rahman, M.H.U.; Rai, R.K.; Ram, U.; Rana, S.M.; Rankin, Z.; Rao, P.V.; Rao, P.C.; Rawaf, S.; Rego, M.A.S.; Reitsma, M.; Remuzzi, G.; Renzaho, A.; Resnikoff, S.; Rezaei, S.; Rezai, M.S.; Ribeiro, A.L.; Roba, H.S.; Rokni, M.B.; Ronfani, L.; Roshandel, G.; Roth, G.A.; Rothenbacher, D.; Roy, N.K.; Sachdev, P.S.; Sackey, B.B.; Saeedi, M.Y.; Safiri, S.; Sagar, R.; Sahraian, M.A.; Saleh, M.M.; Salomon, J.A.; Samy, A.M.; Sanabria, J.R.; Sanchez-Nino, M.D.; Sandar, L.; Santos, I.S.; Santos, J.V.; Milicevic, M.M.S.; Sarmiento-Suarez, R.; Sartorius, B.; Satpathy, M.; Savic, M.; Sawhney, M.; Saylan, M.I.; Schottker, B.; Schutte, A.E.; Schwebel, D.C.; Seedat, S.; Seid, A.M.; Seifu, C.N.; Sepanlou, S.G.; Serdar, B.; Servan-Mori, E.E.; Setegn, T.; Shackelford, K.A.; Shaheen, A.; Shahraz, S.; Shaikh, M.A.; Shakh-Nazarova, M.; Shamsipour, M.; Islam, S.M.S.; Sharma, J.; Sharma, R.; She, J.; Sheikhbahaei, S.; Shen, J.B.; Shi, P.; Shigematsu, M.; Shin, M.J.; Shiri, R.; Shoman, H.; Shrime, M.G.; Sibamo, E.L.S.; Sigfusdottir, I.D.; Silva, D.A.S.; Silveira, D.G.A.; Sindi, S.; Singh, A.; Singh, J.A.; Singh, O.P.; Singh, P.K.; Singh, V.; Sinke, A.H.; Sinshaw, A.E.; Skirbekk, V.; Sliwa, K.; Smith, A.; Sobngwi, E.; Soneji, S.; Soriano, J.B.; Sousa, T.C.M.; Sposato, L.A.; Sreeramareddy, C.T.; Stathopoulou, V.; Steel, N.; Steiner, C.; Steinke, S.; Stokes, M.A.; Stranges, S.; Strong, M.; Stroumpoulis, K.; Sturua, L.; Sufiyan, M.B.; Suliankatchi, R.A.; Sun, J.D.; Sur, P.; Swaminathan, S.; Sykes, B.L.; Tabares-Seisdedos, R.; Tabb, K.M.; Taffere, G.R.; Talongwa, R.T.; Tarajia, M.; Tavakkoli, M.; Taveira, N.; Teeple, S.; Tegegne, T.K.; Tehrani-Banihashemi, A.; Tekelab, T.; Tekle, D.Y.; Shifa, G.T.; Terkawi, A.S.; Tesema, A.G.; Thakur, J.S.; Thomson, A.J.; Tillmann, T.; Tiruye, T.Y.; Tobe-Gai, R.; Tonelli, M.; Topor-Madry, R.; Tortajada, M.; Troeger, C.; Truelsen, T.; Tura, A.K.; Uchendu, U.S.; Ukwaja, K.N.; Undurraga, E.A.; Uneke, C.J.; Uthman, O.A.; van Boven, J.F.M.; van Dingenen, R.; Varughese, S.; Vasankari, T.; Venketasubramanian, N.; Violante, F.S.; Vladimirov, S.K.; Vlassov, V.V.; Vollset, S.E.; Vos, T.; Wagner, J.A.; Wakayo, T.; Waller, S.G.; Walson, J.L.; Wang, H.; Wang, Y.P.; Watkins, D.A.; Weiderpass, E.; Weintraub, R.G.; Wen, C.P.; Werdecker, A.; Wesana, J.; Westerman, R.; Whiteford, H.A.; Wilkinson, J.D.; Wiysonge, C.S.; Woldeyes, B.G.; Wolfe, C.D.A.; Won, S.; Workicho, A.; Workie, S.B.; Wubshet, M.; Xavier, D.; Xu, G.L.; Yadav, A.K.; Yaghoubi, M.; Yakob, B.; Yan, L.L.; Yano, Y.; Yaseri, M.; Yimam, H.H.; Yip, P.; Yonemoto, N.; Yoon, S.J.; Younis, M.Z.; Yu, C.H.; Zaidi, Z.; Zaki, M.E.S.; Zambrana-Torrelio, C.; Zapata, T.; Zenebe, Z.M.; Zodpey, S.; Zoeckler, L.; Zuhlke, L.J.; Murray, C.J.L.; Quality, G.B.D.H.A.
Healthcare Access and Quality Index based on mortality from causes amenable to personal health care in 195 countries and territories, 1990-2015: a novel analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015
Lancet, 2017; 390(10091):231-266

Pharmaceutical companies’ policies on access to trial data, results, and methods: audit study.

Goldacre, B. ; Lane, S. ; Mahtani, K.R. ; Heneghan, C. ; Onakpoya, I. ; Bushfield, I. ; Smeeth, L. ;
Pharmaceutical companies’ policies on access to trial data, results, and methods: audit study.
BMJ, 2017; 358:j3334

Study protocol for statin web-based investigation of side effects (StatinWISE): a series of randomised controlled N-of-1 trials comparing atorvastatin and placebo in UK primary care.

Herrett, E. ; Williamson, E. ; Beaumont, D. ; Prowse, D. ; Youssouf, N. ; Brack, K. ; Armitage, J. ; Goldacre, B. ; MacDonald, T. ; Staa, T.V. ; Roberts, I. ; Shakur-Still, H. ; Smeeth, L. ;
Study protocol for statin web-based investigation of side effects (StatinWISE): a series of randomised controlled N-of-1 trials comparing atorvastatin and placebo in UK primary care.
BMJ Open, 2017; 7(12):e016604

Getting our house in order: an audit of the registration and publication of clinical trials supported by the National Institute for Health Research Oxford Biomedical Research Centre and the Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit.

Tompson, A.C. ; Petit-Zeman, S. ; Goldacre, B. ; Heneghan, C.J. ;
Getting our house in order: an audit of the registration and publication of clinical trials supported by the National Institute for Health Research Oxford Biomedical Research Centre and the Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit.
BMJ Open, 2016; 6(3):e009285