Fake News in Science
in the book Ambient Findability, author Peter Morville inspires readers with the tenet that "what we find changes who we become." From the positive vantage point, this can be an affirmation of the way the availability of information in our digital age has the potential to transform what we know and how we think. From a more neutral perspective, the veracity of the information, the way the information is structured, the literacy of the reader, and the accessibility of the material determine how the information is used, by whom, and the influence it ultimately has on a person, community, or society. However, there is also a more cautionary viewpoint: that the way information is presented has the potential to misrepresent and distort, which has important parallels in research. In some cases, if "what we find" in our search for information is a summary of evidence that misrepresents the rigor and strength of the component studies, it has the potential to change practice in a way that may be deleterious to our patients
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Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA