Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics
University of California Press, Nov 30, 2008 - Medical - 158 pages
Every day we are bombarded by television ads, public service announcements, and media reports warning of dire risks to our health and offering solutions to help us lower those risks. But many of these messages are incomplete, misleading, or exaggerated, leaving the average person misinformed and confused. Know Your Chances is a lively, accessible, and carefully researched book that can help consumers sort through this daily barrage by teaching them how to interpret the numbers behind the messages. In clear and simple steps, the authors—all of them staff physicians at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont—take the mystery out of medical statistics. By learning to understand the medical statistics and knowing what questions to ask, readers will be able to see through the hype and find out what—if any—credible information remains. The book's easy-to-understand charts will help ordinary people put their health concerns into perspective.This short, reader-friendly volume will foster communication between patients and doctors and provide the basic critical-thinking skills necessary for navigating today's confusing health landscape.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Jeannine504 - LibraryThing
Subtitled "Understanding Health Statistics",this book explains the difference between relative risk and absolute risk in a way that almost anyone can understand. It also gives you a list of questions ... Read full review
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142 pages indexed. This a book worth buying. Clearly written using simple math. "The goal of this book is to help understand health information by teaching you how to understand the medical statistics ... Read full review
putting risk in perspective
risk charts a way to get perspective
can i reduce my risk?
judging the benefit of a health intervention
not all benefits are equal understand the outcome
does risk reduction have downsides?
consider the downsides
beware of exaggerated certainty
whos behind the numbers?
NUMBER CONVERTER AND RISK CHARTS
CREDIBLE SOURCES OF HEALTH STATISTICS