Bad Medicine, Part 2: (Drug) Trials and Tribulations (Ep. 269)

...to find that out, we need to do proper randomized trials, which are admittedly longer and more expensive. But there’s yet another problem. What happens if a proper randomized trial...

Bad Medicine, Part 2: (Drug) Trials and Tribulations (Ep. 269 Rebroadcast)

...Randomised Controlled Trials in Asthma: To Whom Do the Results of the Trials Apply?” Thorax 62, no. 3 (March 2007): 219–23. doi:10.1136/thx.2006.066837. Turner, Erick H., Annette M. Matthews, Eftihia Linardatos,...

Bad Medicine, Part 1: The Story of 98.6 (Ep. 268 Rebroadcast)

...1940s. PRASAD: From then the end of the 1980s, we did use randomized trials but they weren’t mandatory. They were optional. One big benefit of a randomized trial is that...

Bad Medicine, Part 1: The Story of 98.6 (Ep. 268)

...important in the last 25 to 30 years. The movement is a result, Jena says, of at least two factors: Number one: JENA: We’re doing more randomized controlled trials and...

A New Method to the Freakonomics Madness

...surgery. They take a similar approach when tackling the question of testing physician quality: What you’d really like to do is run a randomized, controlled trial so that when patients...

Why Don’t Sports Teams Use Randomization? A Guest Post

...title, “The End of Intuition.” But in a randomized test, “Super Crunchers” had a 63 percent higher click-through rate. So why don’t sports teams run (more) randomized experiments? The Boston...

The Millennium Ethical Fallacy: Why Ignore Future Children?

...randomized control trial. Randomized control trials, just like those used in medicine, involve having a control group that doesn’t get the treatment, or gets an alternative treatment (or maybe a...

Is the Protestant Work Ethic Real? (Ep. 360)

...non-religious people, and say, “Oh la la, look at these differences. Religion must have caused that to happen . Karlan had long dreamed of running a randomized controlled trial, or...