NPC Archive Item: Beware citations bias

NOTE – This is an archive post from the NPC and has not been updated since first publication. Therefore, some hyperlinks may no longer be working. 18th August 2009 A recent study identified how citations made in the biomedical literature may selectively report work that does not represent the spectrum of available evidence, and can […]

NPC Archive Item: Even limited exposure to pharmaceutical promotion may influence subconscious attitudes to marketed medicines

NOTE – This is an archive post from the NPC and has not been updated since first publication. Therefore, some hyperlinks may no longer be working. 18th August 2009 A randomised controlled experiment in US medical students suggests that subtle exposure to small, inexpensive pharmaceutical promotional items influences implicit (i.e. subconscious) attitudes towards branded medicines. […]

NPC Archive Item: Press releases may not report research in an impartial manner

NOTE – This is an archive post from the NPC and has not been updated since first publication. Therefore, some hyperlinks may no longer be working. 16th June 2009 A review has found that academic centre press releases often overstate the importance of the findings of their own research, while underemphasising cautions that limit the […]

NPC Archive Item: NPC rapid reviews now indicate the level of evidence

NOTE – This is an archive post from the NPC and has not been updated since first publication. Therefore, some hyperlinks may no longer be working. 1st June 2009 From 1st June 2009 MeReC Rapid Reviews will indicate the level of evidence of the clinical study we report using the SORT criteria. We hope that […]

NPC Archive Item: Don’t miss out on news you want to hear

NOTE – This is an archive post from the NPC and has not been updated since first publication. Therefore, some hyperlinks may no longer be working. 4th February 2009 Don’t miss out on news you want to hear Make sure you are signed up to NPC Email updates — the free email alerting system that […]

NPC Archive Item: Publication bias identified for drugs receiving U.S licensing approval

NOTE – This is an archive post from the NPC and has not been updated since first publication. Therefore, some hyperlinks may no longer be working. North American authors of an observational study have found evidence of incomplete and selective publication of clinical trials that supported successful licence applications to the FDA during the time […]

NPC Archive Item: Internet-based learning is effective

NOTE – This is an archive post from the NPC and has not been updated since first publication. Therefore, some hyperlinks may no longer be working. Cook DA, Levinson AJ, Garside S, et al. Internet-Based Learning in the Health Professions. A Meta-analysis. JAMA 2008;300:1181–96 This review found internet-based learning is an effective way for health professionals […]

NPC Archive Item: News articles may not report drug research in an unbiased manner

NOTE – This is an archive post from the NPC and has not been updated since first publication. Therefore, some hyperlinks may no longer be working. Hochman M, et al. News media coverage of medication research. Reporting pharmaceutical company funding and use of generic medication names. JAMA 2008;300:1544–50 16th October 2008 News articles reporting drug […]