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WHAT RESEARCHERS CORNER IS

Reseachers’ Corner is a medical information resource that consists of medical information collected from various high quality, mainstream medical and scientific papers, journals, textbooks, and organizations.

Researchers’ Corner is designed to present to interested laypersons reasonably current, timely, and accurate medical information on disorders of growth, growth hormone; and, related endocrine disorders, diseases, syndromes, conditions, and diagnoses.

The purpose of the Researchers’ Corner is to provide medical information to adults and to the parents andr guardians of children to help them to understand the medical vocabulary and principals of medicine involved in addressing and discussing those those medical concerns with their endocrinologists.

WHAT RESEARCHERS CORNER IS NOT

Researchers’ Corner is not intended (1) for the practice of medicine; (2) to be a physician’s reference; or, (3) to supplant medical information, opinion, guidance, or patient management , which includes treatment prescribed by a physician for a patient. Each patient has his or her own medical context and diagnosis(es), which is solely for the physician to determine and and treat.

As in most medical areas within mainstream medicine, there can be differing, but acceptable views and approaches to diagnosis and patient managment. In part, those differences occur because of the constantly developing knowledge base of medicine, which inherently involves change from study to study. Ultimately, those differences are often resolved in consensus statements and guidelines, which influence, and helps to make uniform standards of care throughtout the States of the United States, and various countries and other political entities throughout the world.

ORGANIZATION AND PRESENTATION OF THE INFORMATION

Researcher’s Corner is organized into three main subject groups: (1) Pediatrics, (2) Adults, and (3) Other. Within each of those groups, the information is grouped by medical disorder, disease, syndrome, condition or diagnosis.

The information presented in Researchers’ Corner will usually be in the form of abstract snippets. “Abstracts” are short summaries of the purpose, methods, findings or results, and conclusion of studies, reports, commentaries, or papers (collectively “Work” or Works.” “Snippets” are portions of abstracts. In some instances the snippet will be a quotation from the abstract. In other instances, it will be paraphrased or a combination thereof. The information may include editorial comment by the HGF Webmaster, where appropriate for context or clarity.

The information may contain work product by authors and publishers that is subject to the Copyright Act of 1976, effective on January 1, 1978 (17 U.S.C. § 101), as amended. The use of this work product for non-commercial, educational purposes in Researchers’ Corner, is legally permitted pursuant to the fair use” exception of the United States Copyright Act (17 U.S.C. § 107).

HOW TO READ A STUDY, REPORT, COMMENTARY OR OTHER PAPER

Read a study or abstract in the order given below, which starts with an overview of the study, which is reasonably understandable, to very specific information that may be less than reseaonably understandable to the layperson.

1. The title, the names, institutions or facilties for whom they work, the name of the name of the j journal in which the study is published, the sponsors of the study, and the date the study was published.

2. The introduction or summary that states the purpose of the study and may provide brief background information, which is at the beginning of the study.

3. The conclusory paragraphs at the end of the study of the study.

4. The discussion,which is in the middle of the study.

5. The results or findings of the studies.

6 The detail of the protocol, methods, procedures, and data from which the results or findings

were generated.

HOW TO EVALUATE A STUDY, REPORT, COMMENTARY, OR OTHER PAPER

iIn the medical area, many studies, reports, commentaries, or papers are published by or on behalf of various medical and scientific organizations, and with funding from the Federal government and the private sector that encompass the subject matter of the study. Some of the organizations establish standards and criteria for the submission of works for publication. They also have editors and may have decision-making bodies tha t make decisions on accepting, editing, and publishing Works. Many of journals include provisions for peer review and comment.

IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS IN EVALUATING THE ACCURACY, CREDABILITY, AND TRUSTWORTHINESS OF WORKS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

1. The competence, experience, stature of the researchers and authors of the works within the medical specialty of the works.

2. The reputation of the journals within the medical community that publish the works.

3. The sponsors of the works.

4. The purpose and scope of the work; adequacy of the protocol, procedures, methods; equipment to accomplish the purpose of the work.

5. Whether the results or findings of the work support the conclusions of the work; and, whether the conclusions satisfactorily address the purpose of the work.

6. The adequacy and clarity of the presentation of any medical literature that is necessary to support to support the findings, analysis, and conclusions of the work.

7. The findings and conclusions of contained in other works that have addressed same, similar or related issues.

End Content 8. Also, look for, and compare and contrast for, trends, consistency and inconsistencies in the conclusions of Works; and, for the same authors or investigators appearing in the Works.