Ben Goldacre: What doctors don’t know about the drugs they prescribe [TED Talk]

Here’s Dr. Ben Goldacre of Bad Science giving his TED Talk, which is an eye-opener into what happens in academic research and drug testing. A good link with TOK here:

  • How do research groups and journals decide what to publish – what is publication bias?
  • What are the consequences of not publishing negative results?
  • To what extent does publication bias affect other academic disciplines?

This is a really interesting dilemma. Evidence-based medicine works, that’s why it is called ‘medicine’. Sometimes publication bias leads into misrepresentation of data and drugs get approved. But it’s not the same as promoting pseudoscience – ‘fake’ medicines which we know do not work and are supported by no peer-reviewed, controlled evidence.

 

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About Stephen

Director of Learning & MYP Coordinator at Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan. Formerly MYP HS Science & IBDP Bio teacher and missing it terribly. Twitterist (@sjtylr), dad and bloggerer.

Posted on September 28, 2012, in Evidence, TED talks, TOK & Pseudoscience. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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