It’s evidently a day for me to point you to read me elsewhere. The JAMA Forum:
About 2 months ago, the media was full of news stories about a study called the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). This media attention wasn’t because of the publication of a peer-reviewed article. It was because the National Institutes of Health held a media briefing about ending the trial early.
If you remember, I wasn’t thrilled about this. Others had thoughts on this as well. Now that the results have been published, I revisit the release, and why I still think that peer review, and journals, still have a place in the scientific endeavor.