Practical solutions to the problem of low quality in e-cigarette research
10:55 - 11:10
Science, Safety and Health Effects
Much e-cigarette research is of low quality with claims being made that are not warranted given the data collected. Findings are then being communicated and interpreted in ways that compound the problem so that national polices are being formed on the basis of misinformation. This presentation proposes two of a number of practical steps that should be taken that could mitigate this. The first is adoption of what have been termed ‘Open Science’ principles. This includes compulsory declaration of whether a given finding comes from a pre-registered analysis or after a succession of analyses not all of which are being reported. The second is adoption of a ‘controlled vocabulary’ when describing key constructs such as ‘vaping’, ‘current e-cigarette use’, ‘cardiovascular damage’, ‘youth uptake’ etc. Everyone involved in producing, interpreting, communicating or using e-cigarette research should make it absolutely clear what they are referring to and what inferences have been made to get there. An ‘E-Cigarette Ontology’ is currently being developed that will facilitate this.
- Professor Robert West Professor of Health Psychology - Dep't of Behavioural Science and Health,UCL
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