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85% clinical medical research is false, not useful, not worth the money – government funded waste

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85% clinical medical research is false, not useful, not worth the money – government funded waste

http://joannenova.com.au/2016/07/85-clinical-medical-research-is-false-not-useful-not-worth-the-money-government-funded-waste/

John Ioannidis paints a picture of a vast hive of researchers all pushed to publish short papers that are mostly a waste of time. The design is bad, the results useless (even when meta-collated with other badly designed studies). Basically, humankind is pouring blood, sweat and tears into spinning wheels in medicine — just paper churn. Most papers will never help a patient. Ioannidis wants rigor – full registration before the study, full transparency afterwards, fewer studies over all, but with better design. Astonishingly, fully 85% of what is spent on clinical trials is wasted. And this is clinical medical research, where standards are higher than in many other scientific areas and where there are easily defined terms of success unlike “blue sky” studies. Ioannidis doesn’t say it directly, but his description of the effect current funding has (which is almost all government based) almost guarantees that researchers will be wasting time in the paper churn — fast, short papers of little importance, that may even be false, but even if true are useless, insignificant. This is what happens when science is controlled by a government monopsony. The aim is the press release, not the patient. Science can’t be done […]Rating: 7.8/10 (4 votes cast)

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