Self harm is a risk factor for suicide. A recent paper using Medicaid records notes that such people are at an almost forty fold risk of suicide, and this is worse for adults. The more idiotic journalists will talk about a 3700% increase. to a risk of 0.4 percent. During the first year following the … Continue reading Another lesson on basic (suicide) statistics.
A couple of days ago there was an internal memorandum at work. The Hospital board, which has continually been over budget, is going to restructure its management. The fundamental problems in delivering modern (that is, expensive) medical care to the bottom half of the South Island remain: the board is too decentralised, the population scattered, … Continue reading Do not worship the idols of this age.