David Nunan and Carl Heneghan from the Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine will be presenting the launch of a new website that catalogues the important biases affecting health and medical research. The website is in response to a call-to-arms raised nearly 40 years ago by the late David Sackett, where he called for ‘The continued development of an annotated catalog of bias. Each citation should include a useful definition, a referenced example illustrating the magnitude and direction of its effects, and a description of the appropriate preventive measures, if any. I volunteer for this task, would welcome collaboration, and would appreciate receiving nominations and examples of additional biases.’
In honour of David’s memory and legacy, the CEBM have taken up where he left off. We are now ready to share the catalogue with the rest of the world for welcome feedback, discussion and further evolution.
We’ll also demonstrate how we write each catalogue entry and give you the opportunity to have a go too. Be warned, it’s not as easy as it looks!