Funding not the only potential bias factor in IDE trials

By Annie Hayashi

Desire for newest treatment may affect patient selection, outcomes

In recent years, the issue of bias in medical studies has gained national attention. Although much of that attention has focused on the way that funding can affect the reporting of results, other factors may also bias results. Physicians and patients, influenced in subtle ways by cutting-edge devices and treatments, can make selection decisions that affect the outcomes of clinical trials.

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