Know your Chances

Know your Chances

Understanding Health Statistics

Book - 2008
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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.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2008
ISBN: 9780520252226
Branch Call Number: ANF 614.42 WOL
Characteristics: 142 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Schwartz, Lisa M.
Welch, H. Gilbert


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Apr 29, 2017

Very straightforward and clear; some of the information it gives about the publishing practices (pg. 52ff) are shocking. Its recommendations shouldn't be merely for the reader, but the legislator: it ought to be prohibited to publish unclear or incomplete statistics.

This book is always available in the PlaneTree Health Information Center @ Cupertino Library. - BA 200 W 2008

Nov 02, 2009

A good book on understanding health statistics. It also explains how they are misused and misrepresented, and recommends how they should be presented.

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