Surveys, Smurveys: Who do They Think They’re Kidding?

In my statistics class many moons ago, we were taught that as statistical measures, surveys were at the bottom of the heap of ways to establish meaningful evidence.  It was implied that if anyone in the class planned to use surveys in their studies, he or she would be laughed out of the classroom. So…

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Old Book, Old Blog, Still Relevant

One thing we’ve learned from Modern Medicine: What You’re Dying to Know is how many of the issues 20 years ago are still with us today. Some of the posts made to the earlier Treating Physician blog still have relevance to the discussion of health care reform going on today. Enjoy!

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Comparative Effectiveness Research

Much of the loud clamoring about the recently passed stimulus health-care provision targets “comparative effectiveness research.” Steven Pearlstein of The Washington Post notes the criticism comes mostly from those with a conservative perspective who believe, or at least profess to believe, that “the market” is supposed to magically keep costs down and health care, like…

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