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Historically, the value of scientific research has been undermined to some degree by lack of reproducible results, unpublished data, and studies that achieve statistical significance but are false positives. Some of these trends are fueled by researchers’ acceptance of “questionable research practices (QRPs),” researchers noted in a recent study.
Financial Disclosure: Author Melinda Young, Medical Writer Gary Evans, Editor Jill Drachenberg, Editorial Group Manager Leslie Coplin, and Physician Editor Lindsay McNair, MD, MPH, MSBioethics, report no consultant, stockholder, speaker’s bureau, research, or other financial relationships with companies having ties to this field of study. Nurse Planner Kay Ball, PhD, RN, CNOR, CMLSO, FAAN, is a consultant for Ethicon USA and Mobile Instrument Service and Repair.