Biases

Here is a list of all Biases in the Catalogue.  Check back regularly as we are adding new ones over time.

 

Hot stuff bias

When a topic is fashionable (‘hot’)  investigators may be less critical in their approach to their research, and investigators and editors may not be able to resist the temptation to publish the results.

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Lack of blinding

The lack of concealment of an intervention or control treatment received by participants in a clinical trial.

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Mimicry bias

An innocent exposure may become suspicious if, rather than causing disease, it causes a benign disorder which resembles the disease.

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Misclassification bias

misclassification bias occurs when a study participant is categorised into an incorrect category altering the observed association or research outcome of interest.

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Observer bias

The process of observing and recording information which includes systematic discrepancies from the truth.

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Perception bias

The tendency to be subjective about people and events, causing biased information to be collected in a study or biased interpretation of a study’s results.

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Popularity bias

Differences in the uptake of healthcare as a result of a public interest in a disease or condition and its possible causes results in a biased study sample

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