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Towards evidence based medicine for paediatricians
  1. Bob Phillips
  1. Correspondence to Dr Bob Phillips, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, York YO10 5DD, UK; bob.phillips{at}doctors.org.uk

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Predictive factors

Sometimes, we spot stuff that predicts how things will happen. Well, usually happen. These may be described as ‘risk’ factors—that is, factors which predict something will happen—or ‘prognostic’ factors—things that predict the outcome of a condition. There are a range of generalisations that are sometimes made from ‘predictive’ studies, and if you take an extremely non-medical example you may spot some …

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