What is it about?

This article proposes reporting 3 key reference values when using continuous variables to predict risk: the crossover point, the odds ratio at one group's mean, and the odds ratio at the other group's mean. This provides more useful information than just reporting mean and SD.

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Why is it important?

Reporting odds ratios at key points gives clinicians actionable info to guide care, instead of just a threshold that miscategorizes many patients. This allows more personalized medicine.


As a clinician, I find odds ratios very helpful. Just giving a threshold leaves me unsure what to do with borderline results. Odds ratios give me a clearer sense of how to apply test results. This method should be more widely adopted.

Thomas F Heston MD
University of Washington

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This page is a summary of: Clinical Significance of Iodine-123 Metaiodobenzylguanidine Cardiac Imaging, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, August 2009, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jacc.2009.02.082.
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