Four in five GPs believe drug trials are skewed by the pharmaceutical industry, amid widespread mistrust in medical research, polling shows.
The study found that just one third of the public have confidence in evidence from medical research – compared with two thirds who trust the experiences of their family and friends.
The pharmaecutical industry was particularly mistrusted.
Polling of more than 1,000 GPs found 82 per cent thought clinical trials funded by the sector were often biased to produce a positive outcome. That view was shared by 67 per cent of the public, in a poll of more than 2,000 adults.