October 08, 2011
Anatomy and the 3rd Reich
UMich DME's own Sabine Hildebrandt has an article:
Available online now. Read it!
September 10, 2011
Quality of Life, Burnout, Educational Debt, and Medical Knowledge Among Internal Medicine Residents
UMich in medical education! A brand new JAMA article.
Dr. Kolars (with some collegues from Mayo) studied causes of physician distress in residents nationwide. A survey of over 16,000 residents found about 15% of residents were very upset about their lives, about 52% had higher levels of emotional exhaustion. These symptoms were associated with high levels of debt and lower levels of medical knowledge.
West CP, Shanafelt TD, Kolars JC. Quality of life, burnout, educational debt, and medical knowledge among internal medicine residents. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association. 2011;306(9):952–960.
October 22, 2010
How to ensure your paper is rejected by the statistical reviewer
I haven't read it yet, but I'm imagining it's valuable advice wrapped in snarky mathphobia.
September 09, 2010
The Haunting of Medical Journals: How Ghostwriting Sold “HRT”
This is a genuinely creepy article about how private medical education companies are hired by pharmaceutical companies to place positive information about specific therapies into the medical literature. It may be worth a discussion about the possible role of our DME in countering this sort of thing. Do we have the means to help clinicians sort literature wheat from literature chaff? Would Elsivier fund us or sue us for that effort?
Here's the article:
August 31, 2010
An IV for the RCT: using instrumental variables to adjust for treatment contamination in randomised controlled trials
Sussman, JB, Hayward, RA. An IV for the RCT: using instrumental variables to adjust for treatment contamination in randomised controlled trials. BMJ 2010;340:c2073.
Our own Dr. Sussman writes:
"In this article, we describe a simple yet rarely used analytical technique, the "contamination adjusted intention to treat analysis," which complements the intention to treat approach by producing a better estimate of the benefits and harms of receiving a treatment. This method uses the statistical technique of instrumental variable analysis to address contamination."
I'll find a link and post it here...
August 17, 2010
Contextual Errors and Failures in Individualizing Patient Care
Weiner, SJ, Schwartz, A, Weaver, F, Goldberg, J, Yudkowsky, R, Sharma, G, Binns-Calvey, A, Preyss, B, Schapira, MM, Persell, SD, Jacobs, E, Abrams, RI. (2010) Contextual Errors and Failures in Individualizing Patient Care: A Multicenter Study. Annals of Internal Medicine, 153:69--75.
This is worth a read no matter what.
August 13, 2010
Differential item functioning (DIF) analyses of health-related quality of life instruments using logistic regression
Comment if you're interested.