Know your statistics?

We’re told again and again to critically appraise every article we read, and not just accept conclusions and comments blindly. This article from Boutron et al in JAMA highlights this need – of the 72 articles they reviewed, over 40% of articles had ‘spin’ in at least 2 sections, and important conclusions had been made about the primary outcome despite no statistically significant result.


As per the article:


“…the reporting and interpretation of findings was frequently inconsistent with the results.”


Looks like it’s time to pull out those old stats books. If you know a good simple review of medical statistics, let us know in the comments below. Read the original article here

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