Communicating risk, financial incentives and misuse of statistics

With breast screening in mind:

1 Lecture on presenting risks using ‘micro-lives’ :

2 Re current or potential financial incentives (eg screening payments for GPs): article in BJGP by Graham Kramer, ‘Payment for Performance and the QOF’ – Conclusion (re disclosure of financial incentives and new challenges ahead with the introduction of commissioning and competition/free markets/challenges to the integrity and trustworthiness of the profession but also ultimately, the quality and safety of patient care) ‘… With this in mind there is an overriding need for ethical debate, evaluation, and guidance to safeguard the values of general practice that give both patients and professionals moral confidence and reassurance.’

(Abridged version of full-length online article online. Br J Gen Pract 2012;DOI: 10.3399/bjgp12X630151 (abridged text in print@ Br J Gen Pract 2012’ 62: 149-150.)


Misuse of statistics continues to plague healthcare, conference hears

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: 10.1136/bmj.e1526 (Published 29 February 2012)

Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1526

Matthew Limb

‘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….

The Radical Statistics Group, also known as Radstats, was formed in 1975 to raise awareness of the actual and potential misuse of statistics and campaign for progressive social change.’

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