Sometimes it is hard to go online and decipher whether what you are seeing is legit and a good place to find relevant, up to date and ‘good’ research. Often we are bombarded with opinion-based ‘research’ – presented as fact.
CCI Support does have some places that we consider reputable research-based groups and thought sharing these with you would be beneficial. We have also given some handy hints about researching information to be able to evaluate if in fact it is reputable, valid and reliable.
Who wrote the article?
Who conducted the study?
What is their qualification?
What is their bias?
Are they a trustworthy source of information?
Every research has a reason. We need to determine the motive and bias that may be present in the research undertaken. Are they trying to generate income, lobby for change, sway a group of people to their belief system. Essentially we look for what has influenced the study.
Who funded the study?
How was the data collected? Was it interviews, self-completed questionnaires or science based results. It could be a combination of all of the above. Who was selected and what was the sample size of participants. Was the response rate sufficient to really see if this is a good cross-section of the community analysed?
Does the data back up the claims made?
Have they referenced other reputable sources of data?
Do they have secondary data?
Was it peer reviewed? Peer review is a system of evaluation by peers whom, ideally, have expertise in the subject area.
Is the data valid/accurate?
Optimum Health Clinic
Driving research of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS),
Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS), Fibromyalgia and Long Covid
Invest in ME
Annual international Conferences and research Colloquiums. Bring together researchers, clinicians, patient groups and patients/carers in order to make progress in research into ME. These are CPD-Accredited events held in London.
We can help!
If you are ever concerned with the information you are finding online. Please contact your facilitator, they can help you determine if what you are finding is legit, reputable and a good source of information.
Just click the link below and navigate to your ‘area’ to find your facilitator’s contact details.
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