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EBM
The Gold Standard of Patient-Centred Evidence-Based Medicine Good science measures the outcome of an intervention on a subject and a control. The less identical the subject and control, the less reliable will be the outcome. An engineer can compare outcomes on identical subjects, which is why your mechanic can give you a money-back guarantee. A...
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Professor Lorimer Mosely has my greatest respect and admiration for the work he has done and his search for the understanding of pain, but I worry about how his work is interpreted. He uses visual and proprioceptive illusions to demonstrate that the senses can be fooled. Experiments like the rubber hand experiment prove that we...
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Statistics tell us the probability of throwing a 2 with a regular die, is one in 6 – something we can easily verify by throwing the die repeatedly to see whether our prediction matched reality. We can also predict that rolling one die ten times would give us the same result, on average, as rolling 10 dice just once.  Again, we...
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P-values are the gold medal of research. Finding a p-value less than .05 in your clinical trial is the pinnacle of achievement. Even though there is virtually no difference between p=.047 and p=.053, get the former and your research is a success, the latter and it is consigned to the wastepaper basket of history. The reason...
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Evidence. It’s such a powerful word. Who wants theory, speculation, falsehood when you can have evidence? There are even those who want the power to insist on certain types of evidence. Evidence is real, tangible and useful – or that’s what we would like to think. Are we addicted to evidence to the detriment of...
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