Over 50% of trials published in top psychiatry/psychology journals contain spin in the abstract. Unsure it matters that no assocn between spin & industry funding; spin isn't good for patients!
In survey of RCT #abstracts published in 6 top psychiatry/psychology journals over 5 years, we found the majority of articles (56%) contained spin in one form or another. Most often, spin was found in the results and conclusion sections of the abstract.
‘Spin’--exaggerating the clinical significance of a particular treatment without the statistics to back it up--found in over half of clinical trial abstracts published in top psychiatry journals, finds a review of relevant research in
When psychiatric clinical trials find no significant change in primary endpoints, the researchers often spin the results.
Update and caution. A new study found that more than half the abstracts (in top 6 psych journals 2012-17) contained spin, when "spin" had a reasonably precise definition.
Evaluation of spin in abstracts of papers in psychiatry and psychology journals
Evaluation of spin in abstracts of papers in psychiatry and psychology journals