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Is Science Authoritative?

David Healy, MD, FRCPsych, Professor of Psychological Medicine, University of Wales College of Medicine, Bangor, UK

In the absence of access to clinical trial data, scientific publications about trials can take on an authoritative note that is more biblical than scientific. Giving others access to the data allows them the opportunity to replicate or re-author a trial. When this process was put into practice in a demonstration trial as part of a RIAT [Restoring Invisible and Abandoned Trials] initiative (Doshi et al BMJ July 2013), the results made it clear that properly scientific articles should have a much more provisional tone than is ordinarily found in medical articles today.

This talk will feature the background history to and major findings from Dr. Healy’s forthcoming publication and will be followed by discussion.

Thursday, November 13, 2014
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Los Angeles, CHS 23-105

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