Accreditation: a sports drink for quality?


Quality accreditation.  If it’s not an anabolic steroid beefing up quality (so long as the fee is paid), perhaps it might be a sort of sports drink that improves quality just as an athlete’s performance might be temporarily enhanced.  Right?

Not even that.  These authors describe the study design issues that have made four decades of research into sports performance of little value:

SPORTS DRINKS. Forty years of sports performance research and little
insight gained.

Carl Heneghan and colleagues take a critical look at the evidence used to back up claims that Lucozade enhances sporting performance. 

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: 10.1136/bmj.e4797 (Published 19 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4797.

Click the link and read this BMJ paper.  Sports research remains miles ahead of research into accreditation.  Should someone ever manage to conduct serious research into how accreditation affects laboratory performance, this paper would be a good place to start identifying the failings.

Reading the nature of the study design flaws, you will wonder if there are ways to avoid similar inadequacies in the investigation of the accreditation hoax.  For many of the points there may be no simple study design solution that gives confidence the assessment has been done well.

This leaves us wondering why many pathologists have been hoodwinked so successfully by the inspection cartel.

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