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December 19, 2001

When Should the Public Be Informed of the Results of Medical Research?

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(23):2944-2945. doi:10.1001/jama.286.23.2940

To the Editor: Dr Fontanarosa and Ms Flanagin1 cautioned about release of preliminary information to the public prior to its publication in scientific journals. We strongly agree with their concerns and offer an example of how premature dissemination of study results can lead to both misinterpretation of the scientific inferences and inappropriate public reaction.

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