Wednesday, July 04, 2007
BLOGSCAN - Data from Key ADHD Study Destroyed
On the Scientific Misconduct Blog, Dr Aubrey Blumsohn posted about the intriguing Gillberg affair. After a key article on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was challenged, researchers destroyed the study's data rather than letting it be subject to an outside review (although they claimed that letting outsiders review the data would violate confidentiality assurances given subjects.) The principal investigator eventually was convicted of criminal charges in Sweden. Yet these shaky underpinnings of the popular ADHD diagnosis are not well known, and the journal in whom the key article reporting the study appeared has not been willing to publicly retract or qualify it.