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“Nullius in verba.”Take no one’s word for it. A cornerstone of science for 350 years.
Except that we often do have to take authors’ words for it. Most methods sections are skeletons of what is actually done - especially in computationally heavy studies.
But what if articles were different? What if an article was instead a “platform” that shared data & code upfront for full transparency & reproducibility?
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De jure segregation within US hospitals ended in the 1960s.
But does de facto segregation still exist? And if it does, is it related to outcomes?
Questions posed in a paper led by
Extensive prior work has shown outcome differences between Black & White patients after surgery due to patient & hospital factors. In this paper, for example, Black patients undergoing CABG were sicker & more often treated at low-volume hospitals.
Our question was subtly different from this earlier work.
We asked: Are Black & White patients WITHIN the same hospital cared for by different teams of providers.
That is: Does "hidden" segregation happen in hospitals?
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