Test Accuracy 101

Do you find it difficult to understand and recall all the terminology regarding test accuracy? You know, the stuff you vaguely remember covering in a Research Methods class at undergraduate level?

Would you struggle to clearly explain the meaning of a term like sensitivity to a patient or fellow-professional?

If the answer to either of these two questions is yes, then this short course will help re-orientate you by taking you through the subject in a way that enables comprehension and recall.

Given the current pandemic, I think it pertinent to use Covid-19 to illustrate the key points!

Evaluation | Planning

Trendelenburg test – spinal uses?

I use the standing one-legged balance test a lot, finding it helps a great deal in the interpretation and prediction of lumbar spine dysfunction. This short article gives a summary of the issues, and I hope to write more on this at some point.


Complex Or Complicated?

For years, I’ve been fascinated by the difference between things that are complicated and things that are complex, and how that relates to what we can know – the limits of knowledge, if you like – about spinal functioning. Here’s some thoughts on the matter.


Placebo Quirks

Oddly, some of the additional benefit a drug has relative to a placebo might be a quirk of the side-effects of the drug.

Evaluation | Planning

Thinking about referred pain

This is an article that I originally posted on my practice website. But it has some ideas that relate to other articles on this site, so I’ve added it here too. Apologies if any of it is a bit simplistic. It wasn’t written for the professional, but more for the educated layperson.