The misuse of health statistics by politicians. Posted by Jan on May 29, ... Giuliani’s health care adviser started with the number of people who have prostate cancer and the number who die (called incidence and mortality rates): how many people have the disease in a given year and how many die from the disease in that year. ... 2 Responses ...
Computers and statistical software packages have increased the complexity with which data can be analyzed and, consequently, the use of statistics in medical research has also increased. Unfortunately, though the types of errors may have changed, the frequency of statistical misuse has not (9, 10).
Watch out for abuse of statistics in health policy Mike Campbell. The government is using alarming statistics to justify NHS changes. Here are some rules for interpreting health figures
Remember, misuse of statistics can be accidental or purposeful. While a malicious intent to blur lines with misleading statistics will surely magnify bias, intent is not necessary to create misunderstandings. The misuse of statistics is a much broader problem that now permeates through multiple industries and fields of study.
Healthcare is still plagued by statistical deception and bad science that distort policy and put patients at risk, the Radical Statistics group’s annual conference heard on 24 February. Senior academics said flawed and fraudulent use of data was having a malign effect and many parties were to blame, including the government, economists, drug companies, regulators, medical publishers, and ...
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A great deal has been written about the misuse of statistics by pressure groups and politicians, by pollsters and advertising campaigns, by the broadcast media (newspapers, magazines, television, and now the Internet), and even misuse by statisticians and scientists.
This is highly unlikely with the different ages of patients, different health of patients, different skills of doctors, etc. That is why the authors of the original study attempted to develop a Hazard Rate to account for those differences. Summary. This newsletter has examined an example of the misuse of SPC that exists in the literature.
Webinar. With experts estimating that nearly one-third of all U.S. health care spending results in no benefit to the patient, state health care purchasers are increasingly interested in working with health plans, providers, and others to reduce overuse and misuse, improve quality, and manage costs.
In January 2015, a few months before the British general election, a proud newspaper resigned itself to the view that little good could come from the use of statistics by politicians.