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Relative Absolute Risk

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Gday!  This post is inspired by a few things: A. Dr Andre Bonney (@keeweedoc) who tweeted earlier this week -  B. This article that came out in the Lancet August 16th 2014 on Blood pressure-lowering treatment based on cardiovascular risk: a meta-analysis of individual patient data The bottom line is: “Lowering blood pressure provides similar relative […]

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Risk and Uncertainty – part 1

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Gday. It has been a quite month on the blog as I have started paternity leave and have been redressing the work-life balance scales – very much in the family direction. Not doing any clinical work has given me time to pause and ponder a few of the more abstract ideas that we often brush […]

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Clinical Case 104: FAST Thinking

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This is a trauma case.  I want to use this case to illustrate something about the way we think about trauma when it comes to making calls using ultrasound – specifically the FAST exam.  FAST exams are ubiquitous in modern ED practice – but if executed and interpreted poorly – they are potentially a source […]

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Quantum Quandaries, Diagnostic Decoherence and Probabilisticians

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So I imagine you have just read the title of this post and thought – “Casey has finally lost it!” – or something to that effect…. Diagnostic Decoherence – it sounds like the title of an obscure SMACC lecture. So what am I rambling on about – what is this concept? Where does it come […]

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Clinical Case 103: Midnight MacGyver Medicine

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This is an exercise in medical minimalism.  I am going to throw you a case and a set of resources – you need to say how you would manage it.  I am going to release my strategy in a few days.  So here we go – here is the case… Firstly, a little bit of […]