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.

Coleman's Corner

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.

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