10. Consulting

  1. Gerald van Belle

Published Online: 26 SEP 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470377963.ch10

Statistical Rules of Thumb, Second Edition

Statistical Rules of Thumb, Second Edition

How to Cite

van Belle, G. (2008) Consulting, in Statistical Rules of Thumb, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470377963.ch10

Author Information

  1. University of Washington, Department of Biostatistics and Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Seattle, WA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2008
  2. Published Print: 18 AUG 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470144480

Online ISBN: 9780470377963



  • cross-sectional consulting;
  • consultants;
  • consulting session;
  • investigators;
  • ethics


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Structure a Consultation Session to Have a Beginning, a Middle, and an End

  • Ask Questions

  • Make Distinctions

  • Know Yourself, Know the Investigator

  • Tailor Advice to the Level of the Investigator

  • Use Units the Investigator is Comfortable With

  • Agree on Assignment of Responsibilities

  • Any Basic Statistical Computing Package will Do

  • Ethics Precedes, Guides, and Follows Consultation

  • Be Proactive in Statistical Consulting

  • Use the Web for Reference, Resource, and Education

  • Listen to, and Heed the Advice of Experts in the Field