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October 2015

A Source of False Findings in Published Research StudiesAdjusting for Covariates

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University (Emerita), Palo Alto, California
  • 2Statistical Editor, JAMA Psychiatry
JAMA Psychiatry. 2015;72(10):961-962. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.1178

Concern about erroneous conclusions of many published research findings has led to the conclusion that most published research findings are wrong.1,2 What can be done about that? In what follows, I will focus on one common source of false findings: adjusting for covariates.

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