Medical conferences exist to affirm everything that hinders the progress of medicine as a compassionate and honest enterprise. They are a showcase for authority figures, pharma-funded research, half-completed work in the form of abstracts and late-breaking sessions; they use up prodigious amounts of money and carbon fuels; they reward high-tech flashiness and set no value on basic care and joined-up thinking: they reinforce a career structure and a social hierarchy in medicine which undermines the whole concept of patient-centredness.
Whole article here.
Makes a lot of good points doesn’t he. Yet I feel entirely complicit and tied into the whole structure that he critiques.
It’s actually with regard to a piece by Ioannidis who wrote a famour piece called “ Why Most Published Research Findings Are False”.
Worth the read.