How our methods shape our work in community health research

On September 16, 2007, Gary Taubes published an editorial piece entitled “Do We Really Know What Makes Us Healthy” in The New York Times. His paper reviewed the relative public health benefits brought forth by the field of epidemiology, and in addition contrasted the strength of evidence via randomized controlled clinical trials and observational epidemiologic studies. In one concluding statement, Taubes writes “In the process [of trying to make sense of common chronic diseases], the perception of what epidemiologic research can legitimately accomplish– by the public, the press, and perhaps by many epidemiologists themselves– may have run far ahead of the reality.” Read More...