Information Allergy

Frank E Harrell Jr
Department of Biostatistics
Vanderbilt University

Information allergy is defined as (1) refusing to obtain key information needed to make a sound decision, or (2) ignoring important available information. The latter problem is epidemic in biomedical and epidemiologic research and in clinical practice. Examples include

Examples of such problems will be discussed, concluding with an examination of how information–phobic cardiac arrhythmia research contributed to the deaths of thousands of patients.