|DECREASE VI||Fictitious methods. 97% of the patients did not undergo a stress echo and the surgery as specified. |
No consent forms.
Falsified description of method of outcome adjudication
|DECREASE V||Falsified methods of patient assessment (myocardial infarction and renal failure)|
Fictitious adjudication committee
No record of the stress echo images or of the ‘5-member panel’ said to have evaluated them
No research patient records
No evidence of written informed consent
|DECREASE IV||Fictitious ‘adjudication committee’ of cardiologist, anaesthiologist and surgeon (in reality adjudications made by surgeon alone).|
Fictitious events that did not match hospital records or clinical discharge reports
|DECREASE III||Not investigated in detail because:|
No source data could be found to investigate
No written consent forms.
No contemporaneous documentation, only current verbal assurances
|DECREASE II||Fictitious method of establishing outcome|
|(DECREASE I||Not investigated as it was more than 10 years old)|