Isabelle Boutron

I am a professor of epidemiology at the Paris Descartes University and a researcher at the Methods Team (INSERM- Sorbonne Paris Cité Epidemiology and Statistics Research Centre).
I am director of Cochrane France, deputy director of the French EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) Centre and co-convenor of the Bias Methods group of the Cochrane Collaboration. I am also a member of the Methods Executive of Cochrane
I have worked on the internal and external validity of non-pharmacological trials, and led the extension of the CONSORT statement on reporting treatment trials for nonpharmacologic treatments.

Orcid number : 0000-0002-5263-6241

Research interests

  • Methodological characteristics evaluation of non-pharmacological treatments

  • Risk of bias

  • The problems of knowledge and transparency of research

Best publications

  • Boutron I, Altman DG, Moher D, Schulz KF, Ravaud P, CONSORT NPT Group. CONSORT Statement for Randomized Trials of Nonpharmacologic Treatments: A 2017 Update and a CONSORT Extension for Nonpharmacologic Trial Abstracts. Ann Intern Med. 2017;167(1):40-7.

  • Boutron I, Dechartres A, Baron G, Li J, Ravaud P. Sharing of Data From Industry-Funded Registered Clinical Trials. JAMA. 2016;315(24):2729-30.

  • Baudard M, Yavchitz A, Ravaud P, Perrodeau E, Boutron I. Impact of searching clinical trial registries in systematic reviews of pharmaceutical treatments: methodological systematic review and reanalysis of meta-analyses. BMJ. 2017;356:j448.

  • Boutron I, Altman DG, Hopewell S, Vera-Badillo F, Tannock I, Ravaud P. Impact of spin in the abstracts of articles reporting results of randomized controlled trials in the field of cancer: the SPIIN randomized controlled trial. J Clin Oncol. 2014;32(36):4120-6.

  • Yavchitz A, Boutron I, Bafeta A, Marroun I, Charles P, Mantz J, Ravaud P. Misrepresentation of randomized controlled trials in press releases and news coverage: a cohort study. PLoS Med. 2012;9(9):e1001308.



  • Award Louis-Daniel Beauperthuy, Académie des sciences (2014)