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Schizophrenia trials in China: a survey

Chakrabarti, A, Adams, CE, Rathbone, J, Wright, JM, Xia, J and Wong, W (2007) Schizophrenia trials in China: a survey. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 116 (1). pp. 6-9. ISSN 1600-0447

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OBJECTIVE: China's biomedical research activity is increasing and this literature is becoming more accessible online. Our aim was to survey all randomized control schizophrenia trials (RCTs) in one Chinese bibliographic database. METHOD: Chinese Academic Journals was electronically searched for RCTs and all relevant citations were also sought on PubMed to ascertain global accessibility. RESULTS: The search identified 3275 records, of which 982 were RCTs relevant to schizophrenia. A total of 71% (699) could be found by using English phrases. All the main body of text of the 982 papers was in Mandarin. On average, these trials involved about 100 people, with interventions and outcome measures familiar to schizophrenia trialists worldwide. Four of the 982 records (<1%) were identified on PubMed. CONCLUSION: Those undertaking systematic reviews should search the Chinese literature for relevant material. Failing to do this will leave the results of systematic reviews prone to random error or bias, or both.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Keywords: Schizophrenia, Medical Database, Chinese Database, Randomised Controlled Trials, Search Strategy, Search Filter
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > School of Medicine (Leeds) > Leeds Institute of Health Sciences (Leeds) > Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences (Leeds)
Depositing User: Mrs JM Wright
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2007 10:52
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2014 21:47
Published Version: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/doi/full/10.1111/...
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2007.01027.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3449

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