Letters Statistics for health

Let’s communicate risk clearly

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3034 (Published 28 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3034
  1. Stephen Black, management consultant1
  1. 1London SW1W 9SR
  1. steve.black{at}paconsulting.com

    Heath understates one important issue in her observations on breast screening1: the systemic illiteracy of doctors, epidemiologists, and other health professionals in communicating statistical results.

    Gigerenzer pointed out just how badly professionals misinterpret risk when given the …

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