Posted by: shoji | September 5, 2007

Confidence in our physicians

This study, using a multiple-choice test, shows that medical residents (your future physicians) “lacked the knowledge in biostatistics needed to interpret many of the results in published clinical research”.It makes you wonder about the practical utility of clinical research when all a physician looks for is P < 0.05. Moreover, how can a physician properly inform a patient if his/her risk if general statistics knowledge is lacking?

clipped from jama.ama-assn.org

Medicine Residents’ Understanding of the Biostatistics and Results in the Medical Literature

JAMA.�2007;298:1010-1022.

Context� Physicians depend on the medical literature to keep current with clinical information. Little is known about residents’ ability to understand statistical methods or how to appropriately interpret research outcomes.
Main Outcome Measure� Percentage of questions correct on a biostatistics/study design multiple-choice knowledge test.
Conclusions� Most residents in this study lacked the knowledge in biostatistics needed to interpret many of the results in published clinical research. Residency programs should include more effective biostatistics training in their curricula to successfully prepare residents for this important lifelong learning skill.

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