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Science Policy Around the Web – August 24, 2012

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By: Rebecca Cerio

Our weekly linkpost, bringing you interesting and informative links on science policy issues buzzing about the internet.

The Widespread Problem of Doctor Burnout – Emotionally exhausted, detached…and prone to errors.  A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that nearly half of doctors have some sign of burnout and that emergency care and other front-line doctors are at highest risk.  As Pauline Chen suggests in the NY Times, this is particularly troubling given that we already have a doctor shortage and are about to add 30 million more people into the US health care system.

Forensic investigation needs more science – The Innocence Project has appealed to chemists to support standards and more rigorous scientific independence in forensic science.   The Project is hoping that scientists will lobby Congress in support of a proposed bill that would provide funding for forensic science research and require national standards for forensic testing.  (via Daniel Cressey in Nature)

Bias is Unavoidable – Lisa Cosgrove  in The Scientist points out that simply stating conflicts of interest is not sufficient to actually prevent bias in the scientific decision-making process.  She makes a good point that science has proven that what we expect (or what our paycheck depends upon) can affect the interpretation of scientific data and thus policy based upon that data.

Have an interesting science policy link?  Share it in the comments!

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Written by sciencepolicyforall

August 24, 2012 at 6:17 pm

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  1. The doctor burnout study is in Archives of Internal Medicine, not JAMA.

    marilynmann

    August 24, 2012 at 7:56 pm


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