Testing Treatments interactive
Promoting critical thinking about treatment claims
Absolute Differences between the effects of two treatments matter more to most people than Relative Differences.
Why you should always use absolute risk numbers:
“New drug cuts heart attack risk in half.”
Sounds like a great drug, huh?
Yet it sounds significantly less great when you realize we’re actually talking about a 2% risk dropping to a 1% risk. The risk halved, but in a far less impressive fashion.
That’s why absolute numbers matter: They provide readers with enough information to determine the true size of the benefit. In more detail:
Professionals sometimes harm patients by using inadequately evaluated treatments. Research addressing uncertainties can reduce this harm.
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