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Should I read reviews on clinical topics?

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

This depends on many factors: Are you looking for basic knowledge or understanding of a disease process? If so, a clinical review may be sufficient and can provide the foundation for you to continue your reading on the topic. Are you looking for the latest information? Clinical reviews may be outdated by the time of […]

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Does it matter who sponsors a study?

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Yes. Any direct involvement in a study by a sponsor, particularly one with a financial interest in the outcomes of the research (e.g., pharmaceutical industry), has the potential to influence the study. Sponsors should not have any input in study design, data collection, or how to report the results. Many research studies do not adhere […]

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