I was left,
like a bit of a prat.
It began with a video of
That I took last year
During a conference.
In the clip,
Which no one can hear
because I didn’t use the right equipment,
Peter is arguing the validity of statistical significance
in relation to a study on dementia.
Peter has dementia.
He is eloquent and engaging,
fascinating, with ideas and thoughts
I thought it a good means to demonstrate
Living well with dementia
As I say
I felt like a prat.
‘Here is Professor Mittler talking about p-values, has anyone ever heard of them?
…expecting at least one person in the hospital audience to have encountered this basic of statistics, my follow-on, does anyone understand p-values…
My plan had been to then quip,
that I had no idea either
and by this means
demonstrate the prof’s facility not just as a speaker, academic and writer
but, as an interpreter of statistics.
But, no, no one had, and it made me feel daft.
I moved-on quickly, to the next topic;
Perhaps this was the reason,
for the feedback
‘I couldn’t see the relevance of the talk’
and this, in relation to a day
of person-centred care.
You can never please everyone,
Perhaps having someone
not get it
is a sign that I am on the right track.
I don’t think I will attempt Peter’s film again,
If anyone wants to view it,
I have a copy
with good audio
on my phone.