Emotional attachments often lead people to overstate the ability and performance of people close to them. Duke Snider, the great Brooklyn Dodger center fielder, was my first sports hero. I thought he was the greatest. He was excellent, but he was only the third best center fielder in New York, after Mantle and Mays (or Mays and Mantle). Coming to grips with the incontrovertible statistical evidence on the relative performance of one's heroes is part of growing up. It's the same in health care: viewing performance through rose-tinted glasses can be harmful to one's health.
Brad Pitt has an approach to data and performance that could save health care. That's right: Brad Pitt. Yes, the same Brad Pitt that started his career on the daytime soap opera Another World; played the cool thief in the Oceans series of films; then the goofy fitness trainer in Burn After Reading and topped it off by marrying Hollywood femme fatale, Angelina Jolie. Handsome, charming, master of self-deprecating humour, and now saviour of the health care system; Is there nothing he can’t do?
When I first heard about Friedrich Schmiedl, the founders of Open Medicine came to mind. Although not a physician, Friedrich Schmiedl was a researcher, visionary and pioneer who faced a choice of going with the norms of society or standing up for what he believed in, leaving the prestigious role that was endowed on him and pursue the path he felt was the right thing to do.
AcademyHealth is pleased to announce that the archived recordings for all three Web conferences in the Grey Literature Web Conference Series are now available on the AcademyHealth website. Presentation slides are also available.
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The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) is an independent, not-for-profit agency funded by Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial governments to provide credible, impartial advice and evidence-based information about the effectiveness of drugs and other health technologies to Canadian health care decision makers. Here is an overview of CADTH's recent Vancouver symposium.