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Unraveling the Bundles of Research Bias

Is What You Read the Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth?

About this course

Erick Turner, MD, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Pharmacology at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland describes the kinds of bias which are impacting the publication and interpretation of research studies and subsequently, clinical practices guidelines.

Note: This lecture does not currently provide continuing education.

Course fee

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Your Instructor


Dr. Erick Turner is an associate professor of psychiatry at the Oregon Health & Science University, who previously spent a number of years working for the FDA. His work is aimed at increasing medical research transparency to make the evidence base more complete, truthful, and reliable. Motivated by his FDA experience, Dr. Turner and co-authors have published articles re-examining the efficacy of various psychotropic drug classes, the best known of these being a paper published a January 2008 article in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled “Selective Publication of Antidepressant Trials and Its Influence on Apparent Efficacy”.

Class Curriculum


  Unraveling the Bundles of Research Bias: Is What you Read the Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth?
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Learning objectives

  • To provide an overview of the process for publishing and evaluating research in mental health and medical intervention
  • To show how this process leads to distortions in the data used by the FDA and ultimately clinicians in the use of psychiatric drugs and other medical interventions
  • To provide detail on how these processes led to the approval of antidepressants and antipsychotics by the FDA
  • To increase the literacy and sophistication of behavioral health professionals in interpreting and applying research

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