Consultation contexts and the acceptability of alcohol enquiry from general practitioners – a survey experiment

July_Research-TamMy study, a survey experiment measuring the variability in acceptability in patient acceptance to alcohol enquiry by GPs was published in the July 2015 edition of Australian Family Physician.

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  • Chun Wah Michael Tam
  • Louis Hion-Lam Leong
  • Nicholas Zwar
  • Charlotte Hespe

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Absolute cardiovascular disease risk: assessment and early intervention

acvdrlectureThe following lecture was first delivered to term 1, Phase 2 students in the Society and Health term, of the UNSW Medicine Program on Monday 3 March 2014.

  • Length: 50 minutes
  • Class size: up to ~ 300 (lecture)
  • Learners: mid-Program medical students

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Comment: Empirical evidence, not eminence, and certainly not dogma


The following is a comment/letter to the editor to the online article, “Some catalysts for debate on statins“, published in Medical Observer.  This article covered two somewhat opposing perspectives by Prof Kerryn Phelps, and Prof James Tatoulis to the controversial ABC Catalyst program on the role of lipids and statins on health.  The shorter online response was published on 20 November 2013, and an expanded version was published in the final volume of Medical Observer in 2013.

Empirical evidence, not eminence, and certainly not dogma.

What we know about empirical evidence is that conjectures and suppositions extrapolated from cherry-picked data points, pathophysiological rationale, or anecdote, are often misleading and not “useful” – insofar as being able to make correct predictions of the future.

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