What can O.R. do for you?

O.R. Inside Your Doctor's Surgery

When you make a visit to your doctor's surgery, he or she may well routinely gather information about your general health. For example, it's common for a doctor to take a patient's blood pressure, and check vital statistics such as weight and height.. From time to time, other tests may be taken - for example, blood tests for lipids (such as fats and cholesterol) blood sugar levels, and so on.

Many doctors now have a computerised record keeping system that allows them to keep medical records easily accessible. Such systems also permit the data on file to be used to 'model' various aspects of a patient's health using specially developed software with 'O.R. Inside'. For example, by taking the patient's statistics of lipids, weight, height, blood pressure and knowing whether or not the patient smokes (and if so, how many cigarettes are smoked a day), doctors can calculate the degree of risk of that patient developing heart disease.

These analyses are complex and based on known clinical outcomes of large samples of people having various height/weight, blood pressure, smoking and lipid characteristics.

Next time you visit your doctor's surgery, your treatment may well be indicated by the doctor performing an analysis that has O.R. Inside.

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