3/16/2016 Retraction Watch: “Evidence-based medicine has been hijacked:” A confession from John Ioannidis
“John Ioannidis is perhaps best known for a 2005 paper ‘Why Most Published Research Findings Are False.’ One of the most highly cited researchers in the world, Ioannidis, a professor at Stanford, has built a career in the field of meta-research. Earlier this month, he published a heartfelt and provocative essay in the the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology titled ‘Evidence-Based Medicine Has Been Hijacked: A Report to David Sackett.’ In it, he carries on a conversation begun in 2004 with Sackett, who died last May and was widely considered the father of evidence-based medicine. We asked Ioannidis to expand on his comments in the essay, including why he believes he is a ‘failure.’
Retraction Watch: You write that as evidence-based medicine ‘became more influential, it was also hijacked to serve agendas different from what it originally aimed for.’ Can you elaborate?
John Ioannidis: As I describe in the paper, ‘evidence-based medicine’ has become a very common term that is misused and abused by eminence-based experts and conflicted stakeholders who want to support their views and their products, without caring much about the integrity, transparency, and unbiasedness of science.”