Monday, March 10, 2008

Persistence of Contradicted Claims in the Literature

The problem can be that with any strongly held opinion, it is hard to change your mind. Human psychology is such that people look for facts that confirm pre existing beliefs and ignore those that contradict them. Medicine is no different and it is interesting how misinformation persists when it is contradicted by good data.

The JAMA published an article last month entitled “Persistence of Contradicted Claims in the Literature .”

JAMA. 2007 Dec 5;298(21):2517-26.
Persistence of contradicted claims in the literature.
Tatsioni A, Bonitsis NG, Ioannidis JP.

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