Uncritical Publication of a Biased Study Leads to Misleading Media Reports | Pain Medicine | Oxford Academic – Lynn R Webster, MD – 20 November 2018
Dr. Webster points out how much harm is done when sloppy and biased research results are handed to reporters, often with a dramatic positive spin.
On March 6, 2018, (JAMA) published a manuscript titled “Effect of Opioid vs Nonopioid Medications on Pain-Related Function in Patients With Chronic Back Pain or Hip or Knee Osteoarthritis Pain: The SPACE Randomized Clinical Trial,” by Krebs et al. …results of the study led to headlines in major news outlets touting proof that opioids were not for chronic noncancer pain. [Ironically, “Krebs Study” Shows Opioids are Safe]
The article is in the top 5% of all research outputs measured by Altmetric: As of this writing, 313 news stories from 191 outlets, 2 278 tweeters, 45 Facebook…
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