Publication Bias: Enemy of the e-Patient

As a student of Public Health, I’ve had the opportunity to critically understand our research system and the way our nation’s academics take on the pursuit of knowledge and discovery. Through my years as an undergraduate student/researcher and now a graduate student/researcher, I’ve seen examples of great research papers and examples of papers that quickly find their way to the fireplace. It’s probably fair to say that all papers that get published into journals have some sort of contribution to make, yet many of them contribute the wrong type of knowledge, frequently misleading the industry and the readers. Remember that paper you read yesterday about coffee and cancer? Read another one today that contradicts it.

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Price, Quality and Desire in Healthcare

If you’ve had the opportunity to watch some sessions from TEDMED 2012, then you may have seen Dr. Jon Cohen, CMO of Quest Diagnostics, speak during today’s session 8. His entire talk came from a personal experience with his father choosing a surgeon based on the fact that said surgeon provided donuts for his waiting patients. Dr. Cohen explained why consumer-based healthcare is not working, making some comparisons between the different levels of price, quality and desire. Please note that this does not, in any way, try to insult Dr. Cohen’s theory, and I may be the outlier here, but I respectfully disagree with some of the statements made during his TED talk.  Continue reading…