JAMA Forum: Undue Influence: The P Value in Scientific Publishing and Health Policy

My latest over at the JAMA Forum:

One of the unfortunate adverse effects of the recent focus on the reproducibility of findings in research is that some people have developed less faith in the accuracy of science in general. This isn’t to say that a healthy skepticism isn’t warranted. In many ways, we’ve brought this problem on ourselves.

This is especially true when we discuss statistical significance. It’s bad enough that so few in the lay media and the public seem to understand it. It’s even worse that so many in science and science publishing fail to grasp its meaning.

Go read the whole thing!


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