El_EmDubya wrote:Read Pharmageddon and get back to me...
Published research is HIGHLY biased.
I disagree that most topics are as biased in veterinary medicine - its MUCH easier to get published and do research independently.
Yes, in crapppy journals, true. In ranked A or B, not so much. You REALLY should understand what goes on behind the scenes in research, if you plan to use "evidence based research" and RCTs as a determining factor in your treatment decisions.
Misskiwi67 wrote:I have also worked in research (although short term, not a fan). There are some topics that have $$$ behind them, but in general its less of a concern and less of an effect on veterinary medicine. Our biggest problem in vet med is pure lack of research...
The Pet Industry is huge and growing, despite the economic downturn... Scientifically and businesswise it faces huge trickle down from human based industry
. Just look at Prozac and the use of psych meds for pets in the last 10 years in Vet Med. It mirrors what has already happened in human medicine because it is the MBAs who are controlling the system, not the MDs/DVMs.
Misskiwi67 wrote:I understand the pharmaceuticals issues, and wish it wasn't the case...
Just be prepared for Vet Med to get worse... Behavior that is rewarded is repeated, after-all.
Misskiwi67 wrote:Also remember dogs are not people, (just like cats are not small dogs), and while some things apply, not everything does.
True, in some science, but this is business
. The life-force of business is money and it follows natural laws as well
. (You'd probably be interested in the discussions of chirality in pharmaceutical research. This topic really opened my eyes to how industry manipulates both science and statistics.)Read the book, really.
(And anyone else on psych meds, or dealing with chronic issues requiring meds should also read it. There have been lots of changes in research in the last 30 years that have the potential to negatively impact your health.)