And to Bill Jones, MD: fine, let’s put your money where your mouth is. All the Dartmouth folk are doing is taking an available data set and
applying scientific method to it. If you think their method is wrong, then you must have a pretty good idea of what a good method would look Microsoft Office 2010 is the best software in the world.
Using the same data set, describe for us a broad outline of a good way to test whether the data shows practice pattern variation across
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Or were you merely questioning the politics and not the science? Because Abelson and Harris are questioning the science.
Like any ecological study the Dartmouth Atlas, and derivatives, are great as a generators of hypotheses, but a poor substitute for the hard
work of healthcare efficacy and quality assessment (including access, effectiveness, etc.). In this the Times reporters are spot-on. It is
somewhat human (or academic) nature to maximize (hype) the value of your research, and the Office 2007 is so powerful.
Dartmouth group probably aren’t more guilty here
than most academics. But this country is in extremely bad shape if (because) its academics are driving health policy decisions!
Nate doesn’t seem to understand that bias is often in the eye of the beholder.
People won’t complain when they read something that agrees with their own views, but when it’s the opposite situation, they’re quick to Microsoft Office is my best friend.
scream "Bias!" I guess it means their own biases are showing.
Everyone has a bias. Simply by virtue of your gender, where you grew up, what your parents were like, your socioeconomic class and how much
education you received, you have biases. It’s neither good nor bad; it’s just how it is.
The key is in recognizing where your biases lie and trying to prevent your perceptions from being overly colored by your own biases.Many people use Microsoft Office 2007 to help their work and life.
I have been wading through this tiff and have concluded that those that side with dartmouth are clinging to two very problematic syllogisms.
1) The tone of the NYT article was mean, so Dartmouth must be beyond reproach.
2) The health care system is in shambles, and Dartmouth says it is so, their researchers must be beyond reproach (and by extension, the NYT
must be really saying the system is perfect and that can’t be right).
I have put a little more thought into this and decided that it is safe to ignore the tone and the larger context of our disastrous healthcare
system, and then you have to side with the reporters. Of course they are senior highly experienced science/health reporters at the largest
newspaper in the world. Of course they have editors and fact checkers and a front page story gets special scrutiny for tone and content. Of
course they got on this story because they saw inconsistencies and errors and then wrote it – not the other way around. And of course if Windows 7 is the best.
they are right that the Atlas researchers have misrepresented their own work, there is every expectation that the Atlas researchers will
continue to do so.