Here's a refreshingly honest and clearly written article about the common errors made interpreting research and which we as patients need to be on guard against when assessing medical treatment options. Will J Grant, Researcher / Lecturer, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science and Rod Lamberts, Deputy Director, Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science at Australian National University list the 10 common traps that can trip up the unwary:
As this excellent article, which I highly recommend everyone should read, concludes -
"Research is a human endeavour and as such is subject to all the wonders and horrors of any human endeavour.
Just like in any other aspect of our lives, in the end, we have to make our own decisions. And sorry, appropriate use even of the world’s best study does not relieve us of this wonderful and terrible responsibility.
There will always be ambiguities that we have to wade through, so like any other human domain, do the best you can on your own, but if you get stuck, get some guidance directly from, or at least originally via, useful experts."