publication . Article . 2011

Visualizing Clinical Evidence: Citation Networks for the Incubation Periods of Respiratory Viral Infections

Nicholas G. Reich; Trish M. Perl; Derek A. T. Cummings; Justin Lessler;
Open Access
  • Published: 29 Apr 2011 Journal: PLoS ONE, volume 6, page e19496 (eissn: 1932-6203, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Simply by repetition, medical facts can become enshrined as truth even when there is little empirical evidence supporting them. We present an intuitive and clear visual design for tracking the citation history of a particular scientific fact over time. We apply this method to data from a previously published literature review on the incubation period of nine respiratory viral infections. The resulting citation networks reveal that the conventional wisdom about the incubation period for these diseases was based on a small fraction of available data and in one case, on no retrievable empirical evidence. Overall, 50% of all incubation period statements did not prov...
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free text keywords: General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, General Agricultural and Biological Sciences, General Medicine, Research Article, Medicine, Epidemiology, Clinical Epidemiology, Disease Informatics, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, Viral Diseases, Common Cold, Human Metapneumovirus Infection, Human Parainfluenza Virus Infection, Influenza, Rhinovirus Infection, SARS, Science Policy, Research Assessment, Research Validity, Reproducibility, Research Errors, Publication Practices, Data science, Incubation, Empirical evidence, Infectious Disease Incubation Period, Incubation period, Clinical evidence, Evidence-based medicine, Citation, Bioinformatics, Conventional wisdom, Medicine, business.industry, business, lcsh:Medicine, lcsh:R, lcsh:Science, lcsh:Q
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NIH| Computational Models of Infectious Disease Threats
  • Funder: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Project Code: 1U54GM088491-01
Science and Innovation Policy Studies

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