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Using this research tool? You’d better ask first – Retraction Watch (Alison McCook | December 2017)

Published/Released on December 25, 2017 | Posted by Admin on January 21, 2018 / , , , , , , , ,
 


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Title: Patient Education After CABG: Are We Teaching the Wrong Information?

A handy cautionary about needing prior approval before the use of this tool or any copyrighted tool. Even the sharing of a tool with a research ethics review body (which is often a condition of approval) might infringe copyright.

What Caught Our Attention: We’ve written about the controversy surrounding a commonly used tool to measure whether patients are sticking to their drug regimen, known as the Morisky Medication Adherence Scale (MMAS-8). It can cost thousands of dollars — and using it without payment/permission earns researchers a call from a collector, who has used legal threats to compel multiple teams to withdraw their papers (a phenomenon we wrote about in Science). The creator of the tool argues it’s copyrighted, and demanding fees ensures researchers use it properly, which avoids putting patients at risk. We’ve found a notice (paywalled, tsk-tsk) that reveals another group of authors used the tool without permission and, according to the notice, “incorrectly.”
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Journal: Circulation
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