Beat the odds by playing the patient numbers game
I don't know how others celebrated International Statistics Day, but I dedicated an entire morning clinic to the cause.
If I’m honest, I usually drift into the old habit of seeing each patient as an individual, but for once I made a concerted effort to treat everyone as a statistic.
I didn’t want any atypical patients ruining my outcomes, so I worded up my receptionist Joan about who to book in.
“Please exclude anyone who has heart failure, doesn’t speak English or is on two or more medications.”
She raised a dubious eyebrow.