2-10 Peer-review and publication does not guarantee reliable information

Even though a comparison of treatments has been published in a prestigious journal, it may not be a fair comparison and the results may not be reliable. Peer review (assessment of a study by others working in the same field) does not guarantee that published studies are reliable. Assessments vary and may not be systematic.

Always consider whether a comparison of the effects of treatments is fair and whether the results are reliable. Peer-review is a poor indicator of reliability.

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