Randomised controlled trials are supposed to be the gold standard, the most "fair tests" of which intervention works best. But sometimes, through cunning or incompetence, trials can be biased by design: so that they overstate the benefits, and hide the side effects. This talk is a greatest hits of bad trial design; in the hands of the enemy, it is a manual for deceit; in the hands of the good, it is vital self-defence.
Ben Goldacre is a doctor, best-selling author, academic and campaigner. His work focuses on uses and misuses of science and statistics by journalists, politicians, drug companies and quacks. His book Bad Science reached #1 in the UK non-fiction charts and has sold over half a million copies worldwide. He has published extensively in all major newspapers and various academic journals, and appears regularly on radio and TV from Newsnight to QI. He has written government papers and reports on evidence based policy, founded a successful global campaign for research transparency, and currently works as an academic in the University of Oxford, where he runs the EBMdataLab building live data tools to make science and medicine better, like OpenPrescribing and OpenTrials. His blog is at http://www.badscience.net (http://www.badscience.net/) and he is @bengoldacre on twitter.
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