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More Words on Diagnostic Testing: Likelihood Ratios and Test Probabilities

October 20, 2014
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Over the past three blog entries that I have presented, I looked at measures related to diagnostic testing. I started with this question: how do we know a diagnostic test measures what we think it is measuring, since we all know of cases where someone has a condition yet tests negative when we use...
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More satisfied patient when I sit or stand?

October 13, 2014
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Several years ago, a patient thanked me for making them feel like the only person in my office, no matter how busy the practice seemed. To me, the comment was both rewarding and troubling. Though I had been in practice for several years, it...
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Patients and Study Participants

October 10, 2014
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Applying research findings to clinical decisions with patients always involves critical appraisal and reflection. If an intervention was shown to be effective for the participants in a study you have to decide if that translates to likely being helpful for the patient in front...
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Some Not-So-Final Words on Diagnostic Testing

October 6, 2014
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  In my past two columns, I provided you with information related to sensitivity and specificity, as well as both positive and negative predictive values. These are measures of...
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Pain education, how can it benefit patients?

September 29, 2014
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A recent article published in the journal Spine describes a 30 minute educational program for patients undergoing surgery for lumbar radiculopathy.1 The education focused on giving patients a basic...
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More and More on Diagnostic Testing

September 22, 2014
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In my last blog post I discussed the importance of assessing the sensitivity and specificity of a diagnostic test. We asked the question: how well do our diagnostic tests...
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