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Vol. 16 - Num. 61

Critical appraisal in small doses

Reasons to stop reading an article

Manuel Molina Ariasa

aServicio de Gastroenterología Pediátrica. Hospital Universitario La Paz. Madrid. España.

Correspondence: M Molina. E-mail: mma1961@gmail.com

Reference of this article: Molina Arias M. Reasons to stop reading an article. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2014;16:87-91.

Published in Internet: 14-04-2014

Abstract

Huge quantities of medical papers are published every day in biomedical journals, but unfortunately, a high proportion of them have methodological errors that may question the validity of their results. These errors are usually due to the lack of knowledge about methodology by the authors, who are primarily clinical physicians, and the lack of adequately trained reviewers in scientific journals. Also, sometimes mistakes can be made deliberately to favor obtaining certain conclusions, as in the cases with conflict of interest. In this article we offer some tips to assess the quality of scientific papers to try to avoid wasting our valuable time with articles that might not be of our interest.

Keywords

Conflict of interest Methodology

 

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