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SUNY-Downstate Medical Research Library of Brooklyn: Evidence-Based Nursing Practice

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Making Sense of Statistics

Different kinds of studies use different statistical methods.  Even if you hate statistics with a passion, knowing the statistical tests associated witheach study type can help you do a quick evaluation.  If a particular study uses an inappropriate statistical method, the results might not be valid and to read further might be a waste of time.  

Unfortunately there are many synonyms for the different types of studies and it can take a few minutes to find out the type of study ......

Effect Size Calculator 

Effect size (ES) is a name given to a family of indices that can measure , for example,  the magnitude of a treatment effects

The Incidence Ratio is one kind of effect size measure.  

There is more than one formula in use.  This site explains several.  The explanations imply a knowledge of statistics.

Finding and Using Health Statistics  

  • Webinars offered by NICHSR to learn how to find the health datasets you need.  .