The word was likely to generate a thought about a primary inducer of fear or pleasure, that when brought to your working memory, elicited a somatic state. The nature of that somatic state may differ depending on the primary inducer, but your amygdala is likely activated causing either a fight or flight response or euphoria and pleasure.
|Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland|
I'm here to tell you to get over your fear! Statistics rule (especially in healthcare)!
At the basic level, descriptive statistics (i.e. mean, median, mode, range) can tell you a lot about the utility, efficacy, and costs of medical goods and services. However, the real power of statistics is the ability to adopt techniques to quantitatively measure performance outcomes. Rao Castro explains how "Hospitals and other large provider service organizations implement data-driven, continuous quality improvement programs to maximize efficiency. Government health and human service agencies gauge the overall health and well-being of populations with statistical information."
In the end, "Statistics" is not just something that we learn in school, read about in newspapers and periodicals, or hear about on the news. Statistics are a driving force of the healthcare industry. Ultimately, you can choose to either wallow in your fears and avoid statistics all together or jump on the bandwagon and join the statistically significant party.