Bastian denver ahcj_stats_ftw_2014-03-27

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Bastian denver ahcj_stats_ftw_2014-03-27

  1. 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. 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. 3. • If it’s the wrong study type, statistics can’t save it • Statistics & methods evolve • Think of studies, study reports & outcomes separately…
  4. 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. 5. hocolate…
  6. 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. 7. Lights…
  8. 8. Miller et al, 2014
  9. 9. Independent UK Panel on Breast Cancer Screening, 2012
  10. 10. Miller et al, 2014
  11. 11. Independent UK Panel on Breast Cancer Screening, 2012
  12. 12. The biggest bias we have to deal with is our own.

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