Here’s a heads up on next week’s TV viewing. Watch (or set your DVR to record) ‘Long live Britain’, the UK’s biggest combined health screening event (featuring real time data analysis) on Monday 22 July at 2100 hrs on BBC 1.
One day in late May in Manchester during the Rugby Football League’s Magic Weekend, a team of BBC presenters, experts and volunteers screened almost 400 locals and sports fans (some famous faces amongst them) to see if they were at risk from cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and/or liver disease, the three diseases also known as the UK’s three ‘silent’ killers.
The basic premise of the resultant two part series is that these diseases are preventable and we all need: a) to be made aware of our personal risk of developing one of these potentially lethal conditions and b) information on how they can change their lives ”before it’s too late”.
You can’t, of course, measure the size of a problem or indeed, individual health risks without data. And where there’s data… there are statisticians. The programme producers, Maverick TV, looked for a statistician to map out the questionnaire, do the analysis and talk about findings on the day. Cue Dr Jennifer Rogers, a medical statistician at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a member of the RSS Young Statisticians Section who stepped up to represent the profession on the day.
Jen tells us that she is “delighted to have been involved with this project, running real time analyses of the data from these screenings throughout the day, before finally trying to estimate how many years of life could be saved if these conditions were to be prevented!”. Tune in on Monday to find out more about her findings.