MCID application is a good idea. It will be useful if it is used.

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Guest Essay by Kip Hansen


Warning: This essay is about a recently emerging concept being applied in medical research. In the course of the essay, it will become clear how this concept might cross over to the field of climatology. Those readers only interested in climate issues or the Climate Wars should move on to the next offering here at WUWT – this essay is not for you.

There is a new concept slowly emerging in the field of clinical medical research. It is called Minimal Clinically Important Difference.

Here’s the definition:

“When assessing the clinical utility of therapies intended to improve subjective outcomes, the amount of improvement that is important to patients must be determined. The smallest benefit of value to patients is called the minimal clinically important difference (MCID). The MCID is a patient-centered concept, capturing both the magnitude of the improvement and also the value patients…

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