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Bias in Analytic Research (Sackett, 1979 - but seems to be a classic)

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Dolphin, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    I came across the following in some recent paper/factsheet - I think it was advice on getting a paper published:

    Full free text:
    http://www.epidemiology.ch/history/PDF bg/Sackett DL 1979 bias in analytic research.pdf

    This sentence summarises it:
    There are probably two ways to read the paper:
    (i) read the whole paper through
    (ii) just read: APPENDIX. A CATALOG OF BIASES

    The latter is quite short. It gives names for lots of different types of bias one might think of but not have names for (one could reference this paper when naming them).
    I think at least a few are commonly named something else now but one could probably still use the names here.

    Most of them I understood but a few I would have preferred a bit more detail to be sure exactly what was being said.

    Reading the full paper probably helped me understand better the nine that are expanded on (i.e. if you didn't read the full paper, it might harder to simply read some of the Appendix).

    The main paper takes a bit more thought. It doesn't require mathematical knowledge as such but require one to think through the numerical examples. Anyway, one doesn't have to read it to read the Appendix.
     
  2. Esther12

    Esther12 Senior Member

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    Thanks D.

    I tried copying and pasting the appendix over here, as the PDF is a bit hard to read, but it was so difficult to identify words that a lot of them came out garbled by the type identification software... darn it.

    I'll try to go back to it when my head's feeling a bit clearer.
     
  3. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    Thanks E12.

    I went looking to see if it was in plain text anywhere: I copied a phrase and it brought me to:
    which looks useful.
     
  4. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    Esther12 Senior Member

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    The trouble with you Dolphin, is that you're always coming up with ways of doing things rather than excuses for not! It makes my own failings far too apparent.

    Thanks for the links though, they do look interesting... I'm still planning to curl up in bed with the radio prior to looking at any of them though!
     
  6. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    Thanks/Sorry/? :D
    I do live with my parents who do all the chores, etc. which frees me up.

    Well done on at least planning to do that.

    I like having names for biases - I can sometimes spot them but often wouldn't know if there was a specific name for it.
    I think it's much easier using a name for a bias rather than trying to describe/explain it from scratch. Also, it puts "experts" more on the back foot, I think (while if we try to simply describe it without knowing the jargon, it could seem a little amateurish).
     
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    Esther12 Senior Member

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    When I moved out from my parents, it was a bit of a shock how much energy doing all of the little things takes... and it means that being too tired to cook is a much more serious problem too! Not that living with my parents was non-stop fun and games either.
     
  8. RustyJ

    RustyJ Contaminated Cell Line 'RustyJ'

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    Thanks Dolphin. Very informative.
     

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