Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsHello and welcome to week three. This week we're going to be talking about treatments and how those treatments are tested. We'll be giving you some questions that you can use when you're looking at research to see whether you can trust it or not. Our case study this week is the formerly controversial topic of the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine. In the 1990s, it appeared that there was a possible link between MMR and autism. We follow the story forward, we look at the question of research fraud, and issues around false balance.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 secondsFalse balance in this context is when regardless of how much evidence there is on a topic, it's treated as having two sides, even when all the evidence says this is happening. What we would also like you to do is to carry on posting the good resources that you've identified and sharing them with us so that we can make them available as a collection at the end of the course.

Welcome to Week 3

This week, we look at how treatments are evaluated.

We introduce you to clinical trial designs and give you some general questions you can ask about research into treatments. These should help you decide whether or not you can believe the evidence.

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Making Sense of Health Evidence: The Informed Consumer

Cardiff University