Introductory Statistics

Here are the slides to a talk I used to give on statistical analysis. Geared towards physician profiling and the analysis of practice patterns, this presentation explained ways of systematically examining practice data; however, the principles involved are just as applicable to clinical research as they are to health care management.

Special thanks to Dr. I. Alan Fein who significantly contributed to producing this presentation.

Error in America: Of Antidepressants and Statistics

“It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you may even fool some of the people all of the time; But you can’t fool all the people all the time.” – President Abraham Lincoln

“There are more false claims made in the medical literature than anybody appreciates. There’s no question about that.” – biostatistician Steven Goodman of the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health

Through two stories and examples, this article portrays three morals: (1) Honesty in research and efficient allocation of resources makes for good public policy and respects citizen’s autonomy in their decisions regarding the acceptance or denial of care. (2) We should never underestimate the profit motive’s ability to interfere with what is in the best interests of the American people. (3) Keep an open mind and don’t be so quick to believe what you read, even if it is in JAMA or The New England Journal.

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