Society for Science-Based Medicine
According to JAMA, a recent analysis of 400 clinical studies revealed that 30% had not shared results through publication or through results reporting in ClinicalTrials.gov within 4 years of completing the research. Why?
The scientific community has a disappointing track record for dissemination of clinical trial results. Numerous factors may contribute to these poor publication rates, including some that are beyond the control of researchers. Despite the best efforts of investigators, the results of some trials may never reach the threshold deemed necessary to merit the attention of journal editors and readers.
A big step forward in clinical trial transparency was made in November when the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health published proposals requiring researchers to report the results of certain trials at ClinicalTrials.gov.
Guest Post by Eugenie V. Mielczarek
Science-Based Medicine continually informs about the scientific knowledge and controls required to provide successful medical protocols. The need for a joint effort with major scientific societies is crucial. Neither the the American Physical Society nor the American Chemical Society have lent their expertise communicating ‘science for the general public’ to dispel claims for homeopathy and ‘energy healing’ obvious violations of the laws of science. The founding of Society for Science Based Medicine came as I was reviewing my failed four year effort to have the American Physical Society, APS, recognize this healing protocol as a medical misconception.Some background:learning that healing claims for an undefined field emitted by certain human practitioners, was being taught in nursing schools medical schools, used as a source of revenue by hospitals, and had been funded by NIH’ s NCCAM, I with Derek Araujo and Brian Engler, exposed the claim, practices and NIH’s funding, with articles in the Skeptical Inquirer. The ‘healing’ protocol appears under several pseudonyms: Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, Jorei, and Qigong. NCCAM grants for these protocols total about 11 million dollars. A popular Reiki center close to my home is located at the Winchester Medical Center, Winchester Virginia.
Then another brief flurry of hope with double drug therapy that was followed by an almost tangible sense of depression and sadness in those who took care of HIV patients. No matter what we did the virus mutated and the disease progressed.
Then there was triple drug therapy and I remember thinking, well, this may add a couple months but the virus will mutate again, and people will die. Nope.