The Individual Error...
bgorman at KNCELL.ORG
Tue Dec 17 23:47:33 UTC 2013
The Individual Error, I define as: when a patient is treated as
one of a statistical group rather than the Individual they are,
and damage or death occurs.
In many cases it's considered good medical practice to go with
the statistics; it certainly avoids a lot of lawsuits.
Regardless of how many studies of hundreds and thousands of
hypothetical 'subjects', the only person to ever enter your
examining room is always an Individual. Their strengths,
weaknesses, allergies, tolerances, habits, etc. are very
specific to them.
Let's look at an example I created to explain what I mean.
You have 100 Individual patients who weigh 100 lbs. and you have
100 Individual patients who weigh 300 lbs. The statisticians
would say you have 200 patients with an average weight of 200
lbs. even tho you don't have a single patient that weighs 200
lbs. Based on this, good medical practice would prescribe
medication and other procedures for a 200 lb. person, for each
of your 200 patients.
This would guarantee that you over prescribe for 100 of your
patients, and under prescribe for the other 100. Absolutely NO
patient will receive appropriate prescribing...
If you're lucky, all 200 of your patients will be slightly
irritated; if you're not lucky all 200 of your patients will die.
What are your thoughts???
The Individualis statistically insignificant;
Statisticsis individually insignificant!
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