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Letters Risk illiteracy

The real problem is the biomedical ignorance of statisticians

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 21 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2579

Re: Dr McNulty & Williams- Intrepreting investigations

In the example quoted , i.e Acute Chest pain with LBBB, the question
for the clinician is 'Does the patient need to be admitted urgently? yes
or no?.
The answer is yes. (one does not need to calculate the precise predictive
values to interpret this imperfect test and make that clinical decision!)

Competing interests: No competing interests

18 July 2011
S Sundar
Consultant Oncologist
Nottingham University Hospital NHS trust