Statistics in medical journals: some recent trends

Stat Med. 2000 Dec 15;19(23):3275-89. doi: 10.1002/1097-0258(20001215)19:23<3275::aid-sim626>;2-m.


I review some areas of medical statistics that have gained prominence over the last 5-10 years: meta-analysis, evidence-based medicine, and cluster randomized trials. I then consider several issues relating to data analysis and interpretation, many relating to the use and misuse of hypothesis testing, drawing on recent reviews of the use of statistics in medical journals. I also consider developments in the reporting of research in medical journals.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Meta-Analysis as Topic
  • Periodicals as Topic / standards*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Review Literature as Topic
  • Statistics as Topic / standards*
  • Statistics as Topic / trends