Which methods for bedside Bayes?

P. Glasziou*

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nderstanding how and why Bayes theorem translates pretest into post-test probabilities is the pons asinorum (Euclid’s 5th proposition is known as the “bridge of asses” because many folk got stuck crossing it) of evidence-based medicine (EBM). Because different minds are sparked by different methods, we teach the theorem by using several presentations: 2 × 2 tables, trees, geometric figures, and formulas. A good teacher will have several of these in his or her armamentarium (1). However, having crossed the bridge of understanding, we still must cross the bridge to practice. The basic understanding is essential, but the time pressures of clinical
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A11-12
JournalACP Journal Club
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2001
Externally publishedYes


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