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Where's the Evidence?Debates in Modern Medicine$
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William A. Silverman

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780192630889

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192630889.001.0001

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Fitting targets to holes

Fitting targets to holes

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(p.172) 39 Fitting targets to holes
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Where's the Evidence?
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William A. Silverman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192630889.003.0039

This chapter presents a 1997 commentary on the glut of data in medical research. It argues that many clinical studies have a penchant for collecting large numbers of ‘mechanized observations’ that are unrelated to explicitly-worded hypotheses that are set down in the study protocol. This practice significantly raises costs and causes interpretative problems when the mass of data are dredged using computer programs to find ‘statistically significant’ but unpredicted associations.

Keywords:   medical data, medical research, medical literature, mechanized observations

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