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Draft: Interview Questions for Ben Goldacre Draft: Interview Questions for Ben Goldacre
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  Questions regarding this paper published Feb 14
  https://trialsjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13063-019-3173-2
  <h2>Interview Questions</h2>
You started the <a href="https://ebmdatalab.net/">EMBDataLab</a> in 2015 at university of Oxford; what would you say is your lab’s greatest accomplishment to date? You started the <a href="https://ebmdatalab.net/">EMBDataLab</a> in 2015 at university of Oxford; what would you say is your lab’s greatest accomplishment to date?
Would it be fair to characterise your career trajectory as starting out going after low hanging fruit in bad science like charlatans, and now moving up onto the scientists themselves? Would it be fair to characterise your career trajectory as starting out going after low hanging fruit in bad science like charlatans, and now moving up onto the scientists themselves?
CONSORT stands for Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials. Are there situations where these standards might be too restrictive? CONSORT stands for Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials. Are there situations where these standards might be too restrictive?
What’s the process like for getting papers retracted / amended by third parties, i.e. is there a formal process for that (letters) or is it more expected that amendments be done by the authors themselves? Did you notify the authors of the papers themselves at all? (Or would that have ruined the study?) What’s the process like for getting papers retracted / amended by third parties, i.e. is there a formal process for that (letters) or is it more expected that amendments be done by the authors themselves? Did you notify the authors of the papers themselves at all? (Or would that have ruined the study?)
Why did it take a year and a half for your new comPARE paper to get published? Why did it take a year and a half for your new comPARE paper to get published?
JAMA and NEJM claimed they didn’t have the space to publish all responses; what’s your response to that? JAMA and NEJM claimed they didn’t have the space to publish all responses; what’s your response to that?
In the past you’ve complained about academic publication model for medical trials. What do you think should replace it? Who should be responsible for publishing the trials? In the past you’ve complained about academic publication model for medical trials. What do you think should replace it? Who should be responsible for publishing the trials?
On your website you say a “pre-specified outcome is much less likely to give a false-positive result.” - why is this? Couldn’t it be the case that we should just let algorithms find the relevant correlations anyway? On your website you say a “pre-specified outcome is much less likely to give a false-positive result.” - why is this? Couldn’t it be the case that we should just let algorithms find the relevant correlations anyway?
The main outcome you examined in this paper was outcome switching, are there any other things that you’d like to measure besides that? The main outcome you examined in this paper was outcome switching, are there any other things that you’d like to measure besides that?
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