Burton Lee

Head of Medical Education & Head of Global Critical Care, National Institutes of Health

In Person Virtual

Separating Progress from Hype in Medicine: Fragility, Flaws, & Fallacy in Scientific Evidence

  • Breakout Session
  • Main Building ATCR 206
  • November 9 2023 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
  • P, PA, NP, D

Although new therapies are being discovered all the time (medical progress), current research shows that many of these advances are ultimately demonstrated to be false in subsequent studies. In order to understand which discoveries are likely to be true progress vs. mere hype, every clinician should understand these basic but surprising aspects of scientific evidence before recommending a new therapy for a patient. We will explore the concepts of the fragility (Fragility Index), flaws (Critical Appraisal), and fallacy (Ioannidis Equation) in this lecture.