MedCalc: A New Computer Program for Medical Statistics

Comput Methods Programs Biomed. 1995 Dec;48(3):257-62. doi: 10.1016/0169-2607(95)01703-8.


In recent years, the use and abuse of statistics in the medical literature has extensively been reviewed. Amongst others, the importance of the P-value has been challenged and the use of misleading graphics, including 3-dimensional displays, has been criticized. The ease of access to more complex statistical procedures, since the introduction of several statistical software packages for personal computers, has been identified as one of the factors involved in the misuse of statistics. Therefore, we have developed a new computer program that includes those statistical procedures commonly encountered in the medical literature and in statistical textbooks for medical researchers. More complex statistical analyses are not implemented in the software. If researchers with limited statistical training require more sophisticated statistical analyses, they should refer to a statistician, not to a more complete statistical software package.

MeSH terms

  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer User Training
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical*
  • Education, Medical
  • Humans
  • Microcomputers
  • Numerical Analysis, Computer-Assisted*
  • Software*