Elaine Jolly, Andrew Fry, Afzal Chaudhry

What should we do if we don’t anticipate any difference?
Sometimes we do not wish to detect a difference, because we do not think that there will be one. We might have a trial where we expect or hope to show that two treatments are similar in their effects on the primary outcome. The better treatment would then be decided on the basis of secondary outcomes, such as side effects or cost.

3 thoughts on “Elaine Jolly, Andrew Fry, Afzal Chaudhry

  1. shinichi Post author

    Training in Medicine

    edited by Elaine Jolly, Andrew Fry, Afzal Chaudhry

    Chapter 20
    Epidemiology and evidence-based medicine

    (p. 851)

  2. shinichi Post author

    “Expect” has the idea that it is going to happen, or is very likely, but has no emotion attached.

    “Hope” is a bit less definite than “Expect”.

    “Wish” is a bit more general than “Expect”. It involves emotion.

    “Want” is a desire, like “Wish”.

    “Anticipate” is very similar to “Expect”, but has an implication of emotion.


  3. shinichi Post author


    Medicine って、いつも evidence-based で、

    でもそのわりには、anticipate だし wish だし expect だし hope だし、

    なんなんだ? この感じ。


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