A primer for clinical researchers in the emergency department: Part V: How to describe data and basic medical statistics

Authors

  • Susan Donath,

    1. Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    2. Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    3. Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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  • Andrew Davidson,

    1. Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    2. Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    3. Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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  • Franz E Babl

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    2. Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    • Emergency Department, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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  • Susan Donath, MA, Biostatistician, Associate Professor; Andrew Davidson, MBBS, MD, FANZCA, Anaesthetist, Associate Professor; Franz E Babl, MD, MPH, FRACP, FAAP, FACEP, Paediatric Emergency Physician, Associate Professor.

Correspondence: Associate Professor Franz E Babl, Emergency Department, Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville, Vic. 3055, Australia. Email: franz.babl@rch.org.au

Abstract

In this series we address key topics for clinicians who conduct research as part of their work in the ED. In this section we will address important statistical concepts for clinical researchers and readers of clinical research publications. We use practical clinical examples of how to describe clinical data for presentation and publication, and explain key statistical concepts and tests clinical researchers will likely use for the majority of ED datasets.

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