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Spin in reporting of case-control studies

This post follows up my previous post on the same topic on cannabis use and psychosis. I was inspired by a podcast presented by Matt, Chris, and Don from the Population Health Exchange of the Boston University School Health Public Health. My focus here is about the “spinning in science…

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Spin in reporting Psychiatry and Psychology research

Earlier we saw how distorted abstract writing – a form of spin – occurs in health research reporting. This post dives into a specific subject area: Psychiatry and Psychology. In 2019, Samuel Jellison and his team published an excellent paper on this topic in the British Medical Journal. They looked…

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Spin in research writing: Non-reporting negative outcomes

This post brings another two spin methods; reporting statistically significant secondary endpoints (outcomes) in the abstract in the absence of non-significant primary endpoints (outcome) in Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and not reporting adverse effects of interventions. The RCTs carry the highest level of evidence strength in research. In this study…

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Spin in research reporting: Misuse of adjectives-3

This is my third post about “spin in research reporting. The first post dealt with inappropriate usage of causal language in reporting observational studies; the second one focused on making inappropriate recommendations based on findings of observational studies. This post deals with inappropriate usage of adjectives and adjectival phrases in…

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Spin in writing research recommendations: 2

Observational studies are very useful in health research; however, we cannot make recommendations based only on research findings from observational studies. This is because these study designs allow us only either to determine prevalence and incidence or demonstrate either associations or correlations. It does not allow us to infer causation….

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Spin in research reporting: Causal language in observational studies

Image by StartupStockPhotos from Pixabay Not only media people researchers also “spin”; and it kills science. What is “spin”? The word, “spin” refers to re-framing the objective evidence to give a more favourable image than it deserves. Sometimes, people do it consciously to mislead readers. Other times, it can happen…

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