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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 63  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 252-256

Statistical medicine: An emerging medical specialty


Former Professor & Head, Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India

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A Indrayan
Former Professor & Head, Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/jpgm.JPGM_189_17

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A large number of statistical tools are now used for medical decision in the core activities of diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. These tools provide undeniable help in improving medical outcomes. Prominent among them are uncertainty measurement by probability, medical indicators and indexes, reference ranges, and scoring systems. In addition are tools such as odds ratio, sensitivity, specificity and predictivities, area under the ROC curve, likelihood ratios, and cost-benefit analysis that are commonly applied in medical research but have implications for day-to-day clinical activities. These tools have so completely integrated into medical practice that statistical medicine by itself can stand alone as a medical specialty. Time has arrived to recognize statistical medicine as a medical specialty.






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