Episode 22- Talking Nerdy with Dr. Ken Milne
Dr. Ken Milne from the Skeptic’s guide to Emergency Medicine joins Ed to talk about how to interpret data and what to look for in a good study. Every day there’s new information about high-quality patient care that comes out, and it’s difficult to figure out what’s good, what’s important, and what can change practice.
· What makes a good study?
· Should we read the abstract?
· How does bias affect a study?
· Is one study enough to change practice?
· What does “number needed to treat” mean?
· Do I need a background in statistics to know how to interpret data?
· What is the hierarchy of data, and how do we find the best data?
Worster and Carpenter’s paper about biases can be found here
SGEM episode about Hamilton and Camp Fever can be found here
The PDF of Hamilton’s study is here, but it’s in Latin.
The SGEM’s critical appraisal tools can be found here
Ken can be contacted at: TheSGEM@gmail.com
Ken’s Twitter: @TheSGEM
Sketchy EBMWhiteboard tutorials
As of the publication of this episode, the Toronto Maple Leafs are 14-6-0 with a +19 goal differential and a three game win streak, and the New Jersey Devils are 8-8-2 with a -5 goal differential.