PODCAST EPISODE

How medical statistics can trick you, the case of afib

Straight Talking Doc Unhinged

Jan 12 2022 • 10 mins


How your risk and benefit of medical interventions is explained to you goes a long way into your deciding if you want to take that drug, do that test, or have that procedure.  We all trust doctors to tell us the truth.  Sadly, they often don't.  Afib is an illustrative way to show how medical statistics can skew the truth and make a certain drug or intervention seem more beneficial than it is.  We talk about clinical benefit vs numerical benefit, and relative benefit vs real benefit.  This will be the start of our discussion to help you understand how doctors pull the wool over your eyes, and the questions you need to ask to make sure they don't.
To see two videos that explain statistical trickery, i have attached links.
This is a video made by Kaiser Health News and featured on NPR which shows the best way to understand medical statistics: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/10/12/497549732/skip-the-math-researchers-paint-a-picture-of-health-benefits-and-risks
And from our website, this is a video we have made:  https://youtu.be/J9rA-Eaf57Y
You can also go onto the andylazris.com site and see more books and videos !