MHRN Blog World Cup Edition: What Soccer Referees Know about Causal Inference

27 June 2018 08:41 AM   •   Greg Simon   •   2 comments

When Nico Lodeiro falls down in the penalty area, I hold my breath waiting for the referee's call. Was it really a foul - or just Nico simulating a foul? I used to be surprised at how often the refs got it right, until a referee friend of mine explained what the refs are looking for.

Suicide Risk Prediction Models: I Like the Warning Light, but I’ll Keep My Hands on the Wheel

4 June 2018 08:30 AM   •   Greg Simon   •   3 comments

Our recent paper about predicting risk of suicidal behavior following mental health visits prompted questions from clinicians and health system leaders regarding practical utility of risk predictions. Our clinical partners asked, “Are machine learning algorithms accurate enough to replace clinicians’ judgement?”

Why I'll Join the All of Us Research Program

7 May 2018 09:39 AM   •   Greg Simon   •   0 comments

NIH’s All of Us Research Program officially launched on Sunday, May 6th. It’s an ambitious national effort to bring together at least one million people from across the U.S. in a long-term study of health across the lifespan.

Advice To Young Researchers: Don't Find Your Niche

6 April 2018 02:33 PM   •   Greg Simon   •   6 comments

Researchers focused on narrower questions are following the standard advice to all young mental health or health services researchers: Find your niche.

When does caring cross over into creepy?

6 March 2018 01:59 PM   •   Greg Simon   •   1 comment

A recent news article about the European Union’s new privacy rules prompted me to think more about population-based suicide prevention programs. Caring outreach that respects privacy is a difficult balance.

Alexa, should I increase my dose of Celexa?

5 February 2018 09:38 AM   •   Greg Simon   •   0 comments

The evolution of depression care management programs can be described in terms of task shifting. Initial Collaborative Care programs actually shifted some tasks up to specialty providers. Our MHRN Automated Outreach pilot project will take that task shifting one step further.

There might be no fish. But again, well, there might!

8 January 2018 01:32 PM   •   Greg Simon   •   2 comments

“Young man,” laughed the farmer, “You’re sort of a fool! You’ll never catch fish in McElligot’s Pool! The pool is too small. And, you might as well know it. When people have junk, here’s the place that they throw it.”

But My Patients Really Are More Difficult!

7 December 2017 07:14 AM   •   Greg Simon   •   0 comments

Comparisons of the quality or outcomes of care across providers or facilities often meet the objection: “But my patients really are more difficult!”

Do You Believe An Algorithm, Or Your Own Lying Eyes?

7 November 2017 09:45 AM   •   Greg Simon   •   0 comments

Our clinicians might wonder how an algorithm could outperform a face-to-face conversation. Out in the wider world, trust in algorithms and big data is not having a good year. I jokingly refer to this as “The Richard Pryor Problem,”...

Are we river pilots or rent seekers?

9 October 2017 02:58 PM   •   Greg Simon   •   2 comments

As researchers embedded in health systems, we should aspire to operate like river bar pilots. We have valuable local knowledge gained through years spent navigating our local waters. Researchers without that knowledge can be easily misled.