Dr. Melissa Rayhill’s Headache Research Mentioned in Journal EditorialPosted: February 3, 2016
Melissa Rayhill, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Univ. at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and director of the headache program for the Dept. of Neurology, has had her research profiled in an editorial in the leading subspecialty journal, Headache. Roberts-2016-Headache__The_Journal_of_Head_and_Face_Pain. Dr. Rayhill’s work raised questions in regard to the transparency and reliability of headache studies in peer-reviewed journals. Although her study found that only one quarter of trials published between 2005 and 2014 were properly registered in public databases, she and her research team did find that in the most recent years there have been improvements. Still, only 5% of all headache trials over the decade satisfied the three standards of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editiors. That is, trials should be prospectively registered, there should be no unacknowledged post-hoc outcomes in the publication describing the results, and all a priori primary outcomes should be reported in the manuscript.