The distribution of p values from the between‐groups comparison of baseline variables (‘baseline p values’) in randomised controlled trials (RCT) has been used successfully to assess publication integrity [1-3]. Much of this work was developed and progressed by Carlisle et al. and published in Anaesthesia [1, 3].
Bibliographical noteWe wish to acknowledge the efforts of J. Carlisle for assembling this very large dataset and making it freely available for other researchers. MB receives salary support from the Health Research Council of New Zealand. The Health Services Research Unit is funded by the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates. No other funding or competing interests declared.