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What are you communicating?

February 12, 2016
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A recent study conducted by Bourquin et al., investigated the use of technical language by medical students in simulated patient interviews.(1) Investigators found that medical students often communicated by using words that were unfamiliar or confusing to patients. A few of the words used without explanation and that were unclear for patients included chemotherapy,...
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Outcome Switching in Scientific Publication

February 8, 2016
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Much of my career has been spent working in part as a journal editor, as a scientist and researcher, and as a teacher. In my current teaching position, I teach a course on evidence-based chiropractic practice. Part of that course is given over to...
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High Blood Pressure

February 5, 2016
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When doing vitals during a patient evaluation would it be a surprise to anyone to find a patient has hypertension? Of course not. Hypertension is extremely common. In fact it is estimated that worldwide 41% of those between 35 and 70 are hypertensive. Additionally,...
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And Even More on Diagnostic Testing

January 19, 2016
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Our last two blog posts, by myself and my colleague John Stites, have dealt with issues related to diagnostic testing. I discussed the importance of cut-off points and how...
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The Importance of a Cut-Off Point

January 4, 2016
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In the last column, my colleague Dr. John Stites provided additional insight into the concept of SpIN and SnOut, which are related to the larger concept of sensitivity and...
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Cautions on SpIn and SnOut

December 18, 2015
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Many of us have heard about SpIn and SnOut. The mnemonic helps to remind us that very Specific tests help to rule in a disorder (Sp = specific, In...
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