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The “Number Needed to Treat” Statistic in the Wild–I

June 25, 2009

Given the namesake of this blog and my strong belief that the number needed to treat statistic is the easiest to understand, yet most underutilized stat, I have to highlight any instance where it is utilized:

50: The number of patients on >100mg/day of methadone needed to be screened with an EKG to detect 1 person with a QTc >500 ms.

From the Clinical Correlations blog.

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