Sunday, March 13, 2011

Quote for the day

"Solutions for great and complex societal problems are rare. There’s no guarantee that local successes can be replicated. But our best strategy is to look for ideas that work on a small scale and try to figure out how to make them work on a larger one. The right spirit is empirical: try things out, learn what you can, adjust, and try again. There are no foregone conclusions — except that we’ll fail if we don’t even try."

Dr Atul Gawande (via The Gold Standard) discussing the application of statistical techniques that focus on the most expensive patients ("super-utilizers") to lower health care costs in Camden, New Jersey. The gated article is now available free here.

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