The other side of publishing a research article
I came across this interesting blog post on My Dominant Hemisphere detailing the publishing process in scientific/medical journals and some insights into what really happens when you submit a journal article for review and publication. To put this in context, remember that most physicians are supposed to stay up-to-date on the latest reaserch appearing in the medical journals. This research is supposed to inform them of the latest information on relevant topics and guide their practice. Now, if the research being published in these journals is falling short of the scientific ideal, then what effect does that have on medical practice? More specifically, what does this do to the practice of evidence-based medicine? Although largely touted as a panacea for many of our health care woes, evidence-based medicine is only as good as the evidence it is based on. Currently, I think the quality and depth of that evidence is grossly over-estimated. This interesting blog post highlights some of the reasons why evidence may not live up to the ideal put forth by the research community.