Reading Research Papers

In this new world of blogs, and the interwebs, and instant access to ‘info’ there is no shortage of misinformation.

This misinformation includes marketers and commentators with little or no qualifications to report on the topics that they’re reporting on as well as readers and consumers going to websites such as pubmed and looking through the various abstracts assuming the information there is enough to make an informed decision about what to do with either their diet or workout.

In both cases you can end up being mislead or misleading yourself. And this is to say nothing about lay people who go to pubmed, find an abstract and then re-post it on a forum and declare they have the answer to some muscle building or fat loss question.

So in an effort to put this in some sort of perspective I interviewed Bryan Chung who has his Phd in research methodology. We try to get to bottom of how to read a research paper and how to tell if a paper is of high quality or not, and finally what the average person can or should do about deciphering research claims in this misinformation age.

Bryan is a plastic surgery resident and a Phd in research methodology.

He critiques research papers on his blog at

So if you have a research paper in diet or fitness and you want to get an expert opinion on the quality of the paper then you can send it to Bryan at his blog and maybe he’ll give it a once over in a future post.


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