Skepticism about science and medicine

In search of disinterested science

Statistics literacy

Posted by Henry Bauer on 2014/07/13

Doctors are on average ignorant about statistics that are directly relevant to their practice and their advising of patients and their ability to understand the tricks played by drug companies and their representatives. A comment to my HIV/AIDS blog mentioned an excellent article, “Do doctors understand test results?”,  that everyone should read and re-read and learn from, because it is not only doctors who are woefully ignorant about statistics.

Everyone would benefit from understanding the difference between relative risk and absolute risk, and between survival rate and mortality,  for example.

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One Response to “Statistics literacy”

  1. Mark said

    These pseudoskeptics (CSI, JREF, etc.) are always whining about supposed “harmful nonsense” that they think is coming from the realms of the alternative, but when seriously harmful stuff like this happens in the mainstream they are mostly silent.

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