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Activity Number: 308
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Health Policy Statistics Section
Abstract - #303587
Title: Interpretation of Medical Evidence
Author(s): Ingram Olkin*+
Companies: Stanford University
Address: Department of Statistics, Sequoia Hall, Stanford, CA, 94305-4065,

The results of medical trials are front-page news. Examples of recent topics relate to medical devices, vaccines, screening, safety, diabetes trials, etc. What has not been studied is how well the public interprets the results. For example, is there a consensus in an understanding of the conclusion: "reduced the risk of hip fractures by 40 percent compared with a placebo?" In this discussion I focus on some of the facets in the way we report results, possible misunderstandings, and offer some suggestions.

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