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How Can Bias Be Prevented In The Medical Literature?

Posted in Uncategorized by Rodibidably on February 24, 2009

[Originally posted at: Medical News Today]

Contrary to popular belief, the scientific literature is distorted and biased, says a new editorial in this week’s PLoS Medicine. Publication bias (where positive studies are more likely to be published than negative ones), outcomes reporting bias (where certain favorable outcomes are chosen to be included in the scientific paper), and the influence of funders or researchers’ conflicts of interests are just some of the biases that can threaten the validity of the scientific record, says the editorial.

The PLoS Medicine editors say that without resistance from all those involved in the research enterprise, “…journals may increasingly become closer to works of fiction telling the stories dictated by various lobbies rather than works of science.”

The editors propose five ways in which everyone involved in the publication process can help to reestablish the integrity of the published record.

[Read the rest of this post at: Medical News Today]

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