Sunday, September 16, 2007

Why Most Research is False

Why Most Published Research Findings Are False by John P. A. Ioannidis is a very well known article about the research field. I didn't understand a lot of it, but this makes sense to me:

The greater the financial and other interests and prejudices in a scientific field, the less likely the research findings are to be true. Conflicts of interest and prejudice may increase bias, u. Conflicts of interest are very common in biomedical research, and typically they are inadequately and sparsely reported. Prejudice may not necessarily have financial roots. Scientists in a given field may be prejudiced purely because of their belief in a scientific theory or commitment to their own findings. Many otherwise seemingly independent, university-based studies may be conducted for no other reason than to give physicians and researchers qualifications for promotion or tenure. Such nonfinancial conflicts may also lead to distorted reported results and interpretations. Prestigious investigators may suppress via the peer review process the appearance and dissemination of findings that refute their findings, thus condemning their field to perpetuate false dogma. Empirical evidence on expert opinion shows that it is extremely unreliable


At 6:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you ever read the play, "Enemy of the People" by Ibsen. A doctor finds out that the hot springs (that is the main income of the resort town) is dangerous and should be closed. The town ends up hating him and runs him out of town. I think if a simple answer was found to mental illness, the proponent that would shut off a lucrative business would also be run out of town.

At 1:38 PM, Blogger liberated psych said...

You might be right, Anon.


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