Courtesy of one of my favorite sites, xkcd, here is an example of how medical research gets reported by those with an axe to grind:
Another version: if you already think you know the answer, and therefore will not be swayed by the data, don’t do the research.
05/23/2011 • Over the next month I'm going to repost a series I did about how to understand medical evidence -- how to read the medical news. How can a non-physician interpret the latest breathless bulletin about ...more
05/28/2011 • This is another post about how non-physicians can understand how physicians use evidence. As I noted before, medical evidence has a hierarchy of reliability. The least reliable of these is expert opinion. This seems counter-intuitive: ...more
07/17/2011 • Here is another post in understanding the proper use of medical evidence. (Previous ones in the series are here, here, here, and here) Medical researchers can use several techniques to try and get around some ...more
07/01/2011 • Here is another post about using medical evidence. My last one dealt with the usefulness (or not) of expert opinion as a basis for evaluating the validity of a medical claim. This post discusses the ...more
07/12/2011 • Here is another post about how to read news reports about a medical claim and evaluate for yourself if it's valid or not. My last post dealt with case reports -- doctors' descriptions of patients ...more