Wednesday, 7 November 2012
Most (Flu Vaccination) Studies in Prestigious Medical Journals Have Conclusions That Don't Hold Up (BMJ)
You are a Doctor. You rely on your medical journal to guide you on what line to take on many important matters, for example, whether to tell your patients that it's good for them to have an annual flu jab. Your medical journal states that such and such a study proves the case. So you go with that, and repeat it to your patients, if asked. After reading the following BMJ article maybe you'll want to think deeply about the (biased) "evidence" you have probably unwittingly relied on in the past, and what steps you and your profession should in future take to avoid the present undue influence from your ultimate paymasters, the pharmaceutical industry?