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Does a treatment really work? A brief introduction to medical statistics

Assessing actual patient outcomes is difficult. Coming up with data is time consuming, expensive, and full of potential pit-falls. And then using medical statistics to understand those figures is even more tricky. When a new study is published, it usually compares the new treatment or medication to the previous best method, and thus the gains are often very modest. And then to complicate things even further, it often quotes the results as an ‘odds ratio’. This is a concept that is often poorly understood.

almostadoctor now (almost) just like wikipedia

Almostadoctor has opened up editing to all users – like Wikipedia! But don’t worry about content quality – it still has to pass one of our editors before it goes ‘live’ to the website and app.
 
Until now, only registered users could edit articles. But we understand that registering is a hassle. And we want to keep out content as up-to-date and relevant as possible. So we’re making it easier than ever for you to help us to do that...

Three Tips for taking a Medical History

I don’t often write an article with ‘tips’ for a ‘skill’. Almostadoctor tends to be made up of concise lists of facts. Which is useful. But skills are more difficult to acquire. And not usually easily attained through reading, but instead with practice! But, nevertheless, I will attempt to give you a brief glimpse into the art of history taking, seen through my eyes.

almostadoctor needs you!

almostadoctor needs the help of volunteers like you so we can provide you with such great resources for the incredible price of... free!

There are loads of ways that you can get involved. You don't have to be a genius. And you can dedicate as much or as little time as you like. We can't offer you any money, any chocolate, any shares for when we get listed in the FTSE 100 and become millionaires, or even any magic beans. But we can send your certificates and CV kudos, publish your name, and give you a warm fuzzy feeling inside. 

So, how can you get involved...?

So, why do you want to move to Australia anyway?

Junior Doctor emigrate to Australia and New Zealand

Ah yes. So, why do you want to move to Australia (or New Zealand) anyway? Often accompanied by the ‘Oh so you didn’t get into CMT / A+E / [insert name of desired training track] in the UK then?’
Errr no. Actually I didn’t apply, thanks. It’s my dream to move to Australia. I’m not a half-arsed dumb-wit being deported to the colonies as punishment. But if you are planning to go this route you can expect a little bit of skepticism from some of your colleagues...

MTAS (Moving to Australia Soon)

Junior Doctor emigrate to Australia and New ZealandMy dream. Move to Australia. Live by the sea. Have a big house. Meet a nice Australian girl. Laze around in the sun. Fly my plane to a few minor medical emergencies. Retire.
 
It’s a well-trodden path. For the last decade or so thousands of FY2 doctors have finished their training here in the UK and headed down under to Australia or New Zealand to take a year out, experience a different culture, travel, and even settle.
 
But now things are changing. It’s not quite so easy. So let me tell you about my experience of moving to Australia.

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