ROBERT C. BURACK, M.D.
To the editor: The choice between alternative therapies rests on careful consideration of anticipated results and ideally is based on the observation of an improved outcome in a controlled clinical trial. Interpretation of the validity, reliability, and utility of published results is facilitated through application of standard methods of analysis. Unanticipated influences may, however, substantially alter the conclusions drawn by the medical audience.
I recently presented to a group of internal medicine residents a clinical exercise that focused on the assessment of literature reporting on therapy. The two-session exercise included four components: a structured approach to literature analysis (1); a
ROBERT C. BURACK. Beta Error and the Consultant. Ann Intern Med. 1983;98:1031. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-6-1031_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(6):1031.
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