Quotation accuracy in review articles

DICP. 1989 Jul-Aug;23(7-8):594-6. doi: 10.1177/1060028089023007-813.


The purpose of this study was to determine the accuracy of referenced statements in review articles focused on drug therapy. Review articles published between January and December 1987 in Clinical Pharmacy, DICP, Drugs, and Pharmacotherapy were used. Ninety-nine references from these articles were randomly selected and pulled to determine if the published study results were in agreement with the review article statement. These references accounted for 165 statements. Thirty-nine of 165 statements in the review articles (24 percent) were found to be inappropriate when compared with the original references. These inappropriate quotations were classified as either wrong, misleading, or deriving from only the discussion section of the original article. There is a need for increased awareness by authors to differentiate between reported results, article hypothesis, and their own interpretations, as well as for accuracy in quotation.

MeSH terms

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy
  • Publishing / standards*
  • Review Literature as Topic*