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Confidence intervals provide information about the precision of an estimate (how wide are the confidence intervals) voveran sr 100 mg mastercard, the size of an estimate (magnitude of the confidence intervals), and the statistical significance of an estimate (whether the intervals include the null) (5). If you assume that your sample was randomly selected from some pop- ulation (that follows a normal distribution), you can be 95% certain that the confidence interval (CI) includes the population mean. More precisely, if you generate many 95% CIs from many data sets, you can expect that the CI will include the true population mean in 95% of the cases and not include the true mean value in the other 5% (4). Whereas the p value is often interpreted as being either statistically significant or not, the CI, by providing a range of values, allows the reader to interpret the implications of the results at either end (6,7). In addition, while p values have no units, CIs are presented in the units of the variable of interest, which helps readers to interpret the results. The CIs shift the interpretation from a qualitative judgment about the role of chance to a quantitative estimation of the biologic measure of effect (4,6,7). As an example, two hypothetical transcranial circle of Willis vascular ultrasound studies in patients with sickle cell disease describe mean peak systolic velocities of 200cm/sec associated with 70% of vascular diameter stenosis and higher risk of stroke. However, the narrower confidence intervals for the larger study reflect the greater precision, and indicate the value of the larger sample size. For a smaller sample: 50 95 CI 200 1 96( ) 50 95% CI 200 14 186 214 For a larger sample: 50 95 CI 200 1 96( ) 500 22 C. Type II Error The familiar p value does not provide information as to the probability of a type II or beta error. The size of the sample studied may be too small to detect an important difference even if such a difference does exist. The ability of a study to detect an important difference, if that difference does in fact exist in the underlying population, is called the power of a study. Power analysis can be performed in advance of a research investigation to avoid type II error. Power Analysis Power analysis plays an important role in determining what an adequate sample size is, so that meaningful results can be obtained (8).

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Patients may maintain activities Many patients with chronic pain express their frus- regardless of their pain order 100 mg voveran sr amex, but this is hard work and tir- tration that nobody understands them; including health ing, leading to bad temper. The this they may consciously decide to withdraw, not unpredictability of chronic pain means the patients wishing people to see them in this position, or feeling abilities will vary quite considerably on a day-to-day that they are no longer any fun, or pleasant to be with. One day they may be able to go shopping and Relatives and friends will often express how difficult a clean the house, whereas the next day the best they THE CHRONIC PAIN PATIENT 119 can manage is to get up and out of bed. If people with the pain due to lack of sleep makes their percep- observe such behaviour and do not understand that tion of pain worsen. This in turn may prevent sleep chronic pain is often cyclical and linked to levels of on subsequent nights. Of Poor concentration and course, all these things are possibilities in our society, preoccupation but it does not mean that people with chronic pain do not have genuine limitations that vary in relatively Pain and lack of sleep often leads to problems with con- short time scales. If pain is occupying a high Health care professionals used to dealing with acute proportion of the individual’s attention other incoming pain may not understand why patients do not get better, information may be filtered out. Patients often say they or why when investigations are negative the patients cannot concentrate on anything else because their still complain of pain. Their expectation is often pain is the focus of their attention and they become expressed as disbelief, with patients being sent away preoccupied with what they can do about it. Dissatisfaction with state Less self-confidence health care The culmination of these issues often undermines a Patients have often seen a multitude of health care person’s self-confidence. As they are not able to be professionals from different specialities before they the person they used to be and are not believed by come to the pain clinic. They may have had to wait a people they care about and respect, patients may start long time to see these professionals and at the end of to doubt themselves and their abilities to contribute their wait, their pain has still not resolved. Patients often have low self- ‘experts’ cannot cure them, or even in some instances esteem and self-worth, which makes adaptation to give them a reason why they are experiencing pro- ongoing pain difficult. They cannot under- Sleep difficulties stand why, in an age of modern technology, when we can transplant hearts and reattach limbs, we cannot Sleep problems are commonplace because of pain, cure their pain. Pain itself will stop ing that they have been lied to, not listened to and a person sleeping. Different clinicians may have diverse ideas insomnia often results from lying in particular pos- about what is causing an individual’s pain and these itions for prolonged periods causing an increase in conflicting ideas provide mixed and confusing mes- pain.

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Medical Education and Health Care Education in General Life experiences voveran sr 100 mg on line, and not just scientific aptitude, need to be taken into account in recruiting and selecting health care students. This means that students of various ages should be accepted, not just those who have graduated from college at age 21. Nurses, medical technicians, farmers, stockbrokers, military people, teachers and others add to the educational mix of a medical school, for example, and bring important perspectives to traditional medical students. In addition, a medical student body needs strong multicultural representation, not for the sake of the minorities accepted, but for the sake of other students also accepted and for the sake of the profession as a whole. Among "minorities" who should be encouraged to apply are, very importantly, the ill and the disabled, as well as those who have either survived serious illness or dealt with it in their families. Such students would bring to a medical class a much needed dose of realism about the experience of being a patient. They would bring, hopefully, some appreciation for what goes on in the lives of patients and families outside of the direct medical encounter, and of how that wider experience largely determines the value of that encounter. Given the great multiplicity of roles in medicine, including research, practice, teaching and community outreach, medical schools should seek undergraduates with interest and experience in the humanities and the social sciences, as well as those in engineering and the biomedical sciences. The efficacy of the healing professions of course depends on sound and well-learned science; but it also depends on engagement with patient and community facts and values. A profession dominated by people passionate for cell biology and genetics alone is not a profession which can reach whole persons and interface well with struggling communities. The profession needs diversity of interest for effective balance just as a person needs balance for health. Preclinical and clinical training could also better support sound informal reasoning, deliberation and judgment in the practice of medicine. There was once a tradition of future doctors acting as orderlies (now known as "technicians"). Potential physicians need to know first hand what patients experience in the halls while waiting for procedures, in the emergency department while waiting for help, and in their rooms after ringing the buzzer in distress. They need to see close up from the patients’ and families’ eye view what a hospitalization or outpatient experience means. This process of staying close to the patient should continue in the pre-clinical years.