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An alternative presentation of the ProPublica Surgeon Scorecard

ProPublica, an independent investigative journalism organisation, have published surgeon-level complications rates based on Medicare data. I have already highlighted problems with the reporting of...
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The problem with ProPublica’s surgeon scorecards

ProPublica is an organisation performing independent, non-profit investigative journalism in the public interest. Yesterday it published an analysis of surgeon-level complications rates based on...
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RStudio and GitHub

Version control has become essential for me keeping track of projects, as well as collaborating. It allows backup of scripts and easy collaboration on...
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GlobalSurg: Global Surgery results to be published soon

The GlobalSurg project is continuing to be a great experience. The first cohort study reports data from patients undergoing emergency abdominal surgery across the...
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7 day NHS

High quality care for patients seven days a week seems like a good idea to me. There is nothing worse than going round the...
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Journal bans p-values

Editors from the journal Basic and Applied Social Psychology have banned p-values. Or rather null hypothesis significance testing – which includes all the common...
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Bayesian statistics and clinical trial conclusions: Why the OPTIMSE study should be considered positive

Statistical approaches to randomised controlled trial analysis The statistical approach used in the design and analysis of the vast majority of clinical studies is...
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Latest in the war against p-values

P-values are Public Enemy Number 1 for many statisticians. Stats bloggers, such as Andrew Gelman, rant frequently with justification about p-value abuse in published...
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House of God and bile leak after liver resection

While death after liver resection is reported at ever lower levels, complication rates remain stubbornly high. Morbidity is associated with longer intensive care and...
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Considerations in the Early Termination of Clinical Trials in Surgery

One of the most difficult situations when running a clinical trial is the decision to terminate the trial early. But it shouldn’t be a...