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Moving beyond the averages

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    http://www.pcori.org/research-in-action/moving-beyond-averages?utm_source=ealert

    I was struck when reading this article last evening by the profound common sense of using statistical probability to see which persons might benefit from a therapy versus taking an average benefit and applying it to all persons who might be appropriate candidates for the therapies.  I have seen over the years that patients who were “middle ground” or “average” patients did not necessarily receive the hoped for outcome from a therapy while those for whom the therapy was perhaps more risky due to age or co-morbidities did quite well.   It was a breath of fresh air to read this article (link above) and see that my decades of observations had actually been borne out with this study

    How many of you have used “risk based statistical analyses” when making a treatment decision?  I would love to hear your observations and experiences.  Thank you.

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