Can measurements show if a treatment works?
An article discussing errors to avoid when testing treatments.Key Concepts addressed:
- 1-3 Association is not the same as causation
- 3-1 Do the outcomes measured matter to you?
- 1-11 Explanations about how treatments work can be wrong
This article discusses errors to avoid when testing treatments.
In the 1980s, millions of people had treatment with drugs intended to prevent sudden cardiac death. But it later turned out that the exact opposite happened: The drugs caused more people to die. What went wrong, and what can we learn from this experience?