Shaken baby syndrome and the risk of losing scientific scrutiny

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


A systematic review of shaken baby syndrome by the Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services generated numerous reactions from professional organisations, even before the review was published. There was also a lively debate after a paper summarising its findings were published in Acta Paediatrica The various responses are worth debating further, as they raise several important issues with regard to research ethics, having an open debate and publishing scientific findings. Conclusion: The responses to the shaken baby syndrome report indicate that scientific scrutiny risks being lost when researchers and organisations are not open to challenging established ideas.


  • M. Rosén
  • N. Lynøe
  • C-G Elinder
  • B Hallberg
  • P. Sundgren
  • A. Eriksson
External organisations
  • Karolinska Institutet
  • Umeå University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Pediatrics
  • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy


  • Ethics, Paradigm, Shaken baby syndrome, Systematic review, Triad
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1905-1908
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Dec
Publication categoryResearch