This is old, but since I have a blog now…thought it was salient.
Times like these I wish I had applied to Emory.
I’m reading an article for my Clinical Decision Making class, and I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a geeky article more. It’s long, but well-written basic primer on statistics applied to medical claims (ie: Asians are 5x more likely to die from breast cancer than Whites).
It’s not the most enjoyable leisurely activity, but I promise you, you will be all that more aware and skeptical when it comes to listening to health-related news. Basically– the information journalists give is garbage.
Since I believe information should be free, I have 2 of the documents from my class linked:
Longer read “Helping Doctors and Patients make Sense of Health Statistics” by Gerd Gigerenzer, et al.