BIAS IN MEDICAL RESEARCH ARTICLE ANALYSIS Writing Assignment

Following this instruction sheet is a very powerful analysis of how bias and statistical manipulation has
resulted in flawed medical studies. (Hint: Do not attempt to understand the statistics he presents. Focus on
the concepts the author is trying to address). Read the article and write up a 1-2 page report answering
the following questions:
1. Write an overview or brief summary of the article. Indicate your assessment of what the
article is about and the major findings of the article.
2. What is the author’s thesis or main point expressed in this article? Why does he believe that
most medical research is flawed?
3. How does this article relate to what you have learned in class about experimental research?
4. Before reading this article, what were your beliefs and attitudes toward the quality and
accuracy of research studies findings published in professional journals? How has reading this
article changed, if at all, your beliefs and attitudes toward published research findings?
5. What does the author believe can be done to improve the quality and objectivity of research?
Do you agree or disagree with his recommendations? Explain.