Guidelines for reporting descriptive statistics in health research

Nurse Res. 2008;15(2):72-81. doi: 10.7748/nr2008.


The quality of reporting of results of health studies has been the subject of several papers in the recent years. There are several guidelines published on the topic, but improvements have been very slow Lehana Thebane and Noori Akhtar-Danesh provide advice on how to report the analysis methods used to describe data and determine the descriptive statistics to use, and the accuracy with which to report the results.

MeSH terms

  • Data Interpretation, Statistical*
  • Guidelines as Topic*
  • Health Services Research / statistics & numerical data*