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  • 1. Hilda Bastian @hildabast Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) Health Journalism 2014, Denver 27 March Statistically Funny blogspot Absolutely Maybe at Scientific American
  • 2. Think through the context of what happened, the methods of collection and method of analysis before analyzing the data With extra academic spin
  • 3. • If it’s the wrong study type, statistics can’t save it • Statistics & methods evolve • Think of studies, study reports & outcomes separately…
  • 4. The strength & quality of data vary within a study. And always lo for all outcomes not just the ones researchers point you to... especially
  • 5. hocolate…
  • 6. Always think about confidence intervals/margins of error, matching use of numbers & language to data certainty (47.23% or just less than half?)
  • 7. Lights…
  • 8. Miller et al, 2014
  • 9. Independent UK Panel on Breast Cancer Screening, 2012
  • 10. Miller et al, 2014
  • 11. Independent UK Panel on Breast Cancer Screening, 2012
  • 12. The biggest bias we have to deal with is our own.