Reminder of our online toolkit: tips for understanding studies

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Many visitors to this site may still be unaware of one important little corner of the site – our
“Tips for Understanding Studies.”

It’s just a collection of brief little primers on important topics such as:

Resources for Reporting on Costs of Medical Interventions

Association Versus Causation (primer on limitations of observational studies)

“Off-label” Drug Use and Marketing

7 Words (and more) You Shouldn’t Use in Medical News

Pitfalls of News from Scientific Meetings

Absolute vs. Relative Risk

Number Needed to Treat (NNT)


Single Source Stories

FDA Approval Not Guaranteed

Phases of Drug trials

Medical Devices

Animal & Lab Studies


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