Should Conference Data Change Clinical Practice?

June 01, 2018

CHICAGO — The largest cancer meeting in the world is unfolding here, with more than 39,000 delegates from around the world expected for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2018 annual meeting.

In reporting on the new data from this and other major medical meetings, our journalists often hear comments from researchers and experts in the field that the data will change clinical practice.

However, others argue that it is too early to tell whether data presented at a meeting will change practice, that studies need to undergo peer review and be published before anyone should act on them. Still others argue that such data should not change practice until the findings have been formally included in clinical guidelines.

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