Wednesday, November 4, 2009

TBI Investigators: Observe That Observer Effect

In physics the very act of observering can sometimes spoil the whole experiment. Don't let's spoil some of the brightest promises of hyperbaric oxygen therapy with sneak peeks and leaks to the press. We're observers, too, and unapologetically enthusiastic about HBOT helping more combat veterans and others suffering from traumatic brain injury. Yet we wince whenever we see reports from any clinical trial still under way—in the case of this LSU study, only halfway done. Film at 11. Such publicity stunts certainly betray the investigators' bias and could cloud this entire field of research. We trust investigators in the Armed Services and elsewhere will observe the observer effect and heed another important lesson of history: Loose lips sink ships.

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