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Bad Science out!

Posted by gimpygimpy on 12/12/2009

Today I’d like to talk about research, one of my favourite subjects, cause hey, I’m a research scientist! One of the things you learn as a research scientist (like me!), is that you can knock holes in any research, or on the other hand, you can prove anything you want. That’s really convenient. When it comes to CAM, it’s not much of a problem really, cause you just keep feeding the public with ‘There isn’t any CAM research’, and they just keep repeating it. Really easy! Jolly good thing most of them, even the Doctors, don’t bother to check here for instance: http://www.library.nhs.uk/cam/SearchResults.aspx?tabID=289&catID=12423 But even if they do, like I said, it’s no big problem to knock em’ out of the sky. You just pick and mix the worst ones, make a meta analysis of your choice, and presto, down they go. Then you push it onto a few eager journals (they’ll print whatever the hell my boss tells them to), and on to the BBC which is also in our pocket. Once that’s out, you make a media splash, and bingo, case closed. Like I said, I love research (did I say? I’m a research scientist!) Most important though is my firm belief that any good medicine should be able to prove itself with convincing clinical evidence, and if they can’t, well then it should be goodbye to that medicine! Let me give you one outstanding example (you just must read this, I think it is the right URL) or http://clinicalevidence.bmj.com/ceweb/about/knowledge.jsp Anyway check it out, or see quote below. Out with bad science I say!

From the British Medical Journal, for Christ’s sake. Couldn’t they just squash it?

So what can Clinical Evidence tell us about the state of our current knowledge? What proportion of commonly used treatments are supported by good evidence, what proportion should not be used or used only with caution, and how big are the gaps in our knowledge? Of around 2500 treatments covered 13% are rated as beneficial, 23% likely to be beneficial, 8% as trade off between benefits and harms, 6% unlikely to be beneficial, 4% likely to be ineffective or harmful, and 46%, the largest proportion, as unknown effectiveness (see figure 1)

Gigo- Garbage in Garbage out

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