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Article Psychology today 2019 - What is the scientific evidence for the direct harms of EMR?

Discussion in 'Research methodology news and research' started by Sly Saint, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. Sly Saint

    Sly Saint Senior Member (Voting Rights)


    eta: just found it interesting how they identify key methodological errors in the research, only to then replace with alternative theories with equally dodgy research evidence.
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  2. rogerblack

    rogerblack Established Member (Voting Rights)

    I do wish that the simple research would be done. Find people who say they have EHS. Place a mechanical timeclock in a box to connect and disconnect a battery powered device over the course of a few hours. (Phone set to download/upload a big file). After twenty fifteen minute periods when it may be either on or off, you've got a damn good idea of if they are actually sensitive, or if some other explanation needs found.
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  3. rvallee

    rvallee Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Please tell me more about the issues with a body of evidence built entirely on self-reports. Be very specific. Even more a body of evidence built on "self-reports" that somehow are more heavily influenced by researchers' biases than what the patients themselves would actually report if they weren't boxed in to answer between several misleading questions. Be super extra specific about the problems with that.
    Hey, would look at that, those are self-reports too but somehow relevant because they support the psychosomatic belief system. Almost as if the issue is not with self-reports per se. Anxiety and depression are also self-reports yet that's the only thing going into a diagnosis that is held as irrefutable. Hell, trauma is also self-reported and there are plenty of physicians who will themselves insist the patients experienced it because that's what they personally believe. Sort of self-reportwashing, putting the researcher's or physician's words into a false self-report. No issues there, somehow.

    EMR is present everywhere, we are bathed in it for our entire lives. Very likely that attributing illness to it is a simple consequence of seeing medical professionals who insist there is no cause and just trying something, anything. When you insist there is no cause it does not make it so, e.g. peptic ulcers.

    There likely is no harm from EMR, but the attribution by many as a cause is a direct consequence of failing to actually find the cause and leaving them out to dry.
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