Friday, 5 November 2010

How big a sample? Follow up.

The results of my sample (blog of October 25 2010) came back this week, and they show no trace of cancer. Thank God!

However, in these days of customised lettters, it was sad to see that the NHS could not use their data in a friendly way. Part of the letter applied to follow-up tests, which happen every two years between the age of 60 and 75 (don't ask how "every two years" fits into a fifteen year period) and then are optional. It is not too difficult to customise the letter to say either "We will invite you to a test in two years time" or "You have reached the age when testing becomes optional".

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