Small studies with few outcome events are usually not informative and can be misleading.Key Concepts addressed:
Making a good impression with headlines based on tiny preliminary studies? Too easy!
Other ways to fall into traps about exaggerated research findings: reports of laboratory or animal studies that don’t mention their limitations, studies with no comparison group, conference presentations with inadequate data reports. These were some of the key points made by Steve Woloshin at the first full day of NIH’s Medicine in the Media course, happening now in Potomac near Washington DC
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