Thursday, February 16, 2012

B . Retractions in the medical literature

Steen RG. Retractions in the medical literature: how many patients are put at risk by flawed research? Journal of Medical Ethics 2011;37(11):688-692
(doi: 10.1136/jme.2011.043133)

This article reports evidence that a large number of patients are put at risk by flawed research. The author evaluated 788 retracted English-language articles published from 2000 to 2010, describing new research with humans or freshly derived human material. Retracted papers were cited over 5,000 times, with 94% of citations being research related, showing that ideas promulgated in retracted papers can influence subsequent research.

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