Misunderstanding complexity to the detriment of all

I anticipate the vague and overly-generalized conclusions of this article being used against primary care...perhaps in funding determinations, perhaps just in macho-posing.  The authors measured "complexity" of patients seen in one Canadian province using nine criteria and determined that the nephrologists, infectious disease physicians and neurologists see the most complex patients and that others, including family …

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Academic outcomes of flipped classroom learning: a meta‐analysis – Medical Education

A central validity issue for novel interventions is the choice of an appropriate comparator.  I worry about this a lot in medical education research.  In this case, for instance, you could do a really great lecture - full of entertainment, interactivity, etc., which could compete strongly for effectiveness with an average flipped classroom activity. Interestingly, …

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“rhetological” fallacies

A nice page from the "Information is Beautiful" site with quick definitions and examples of logical fallacies and rhetorical arguments.  Would be great to keep these in mind since we appear to be devolving into a system of trading polemics rather than one of logical discourse. Rhetological Fallacies

A signal worth attention? “Urgent Care Centers Fueling Antibiotic Resistance”

Urgent care centers, emergency departments, and clinics are over-prescribing antibiotics. Can they reform without alienating their "customers": patients? via Urgent Care Centers Are Fueling Antibiotic Resistance — Wired There's a lot of commentary on the current state of healthcare in this Wired article, stated and unstated.  I don't blame only urgent cares for antibiotic overuse - …

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