Misuse of statistics continues to plague healthcare, conference hears

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 29 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1526
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Healthcare is still plagued by statistical deception and bad science that distort policy and put patients at risk, the Radical Statistics group’s annual conference heard on 24 February.

Senior academics said flawed and fraudulent use of data was having a malign effect and many parties were to blame, including the government, economists, drug companies, regulators, medical publishers, and researchers.

The Radical Statistics Group, also known as Radstats, was formed in 1975 to raise awareness of the actual and potential misuse of statistics and campaign for progressive social change.

David Healy, …

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