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Clinician or Statistician?

Carlos V.R. Brown, MD; George C. Velmahos, MD
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Affiliations: Los Angeles, CA
 ,  Drs. Brown and Velmahos are associated with the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center.

Correspondence to: George C. Velmahos, MD, LAC + USC Medical Center, 1200 North State St, Room 9900, Los Angeles, CA 90033



Chest. 2003;123(3):677-678. doi:10.1378/chest.123.3.677
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Evidence-based medicine is not a new concept. It is rather the attention to study quality and to the classification of the level of evidence that has changed recently. Simply publishing evidence in a peer-reviewed journal does not constitute a reason to change individual clinical practices. The evidence must be scrutinized closely. The validity of the statistical analysis is an integral element of such scrutiny. The challenge then becomes to offer adequate information about the design and methods of a study without overwhelming the reader (usually a clinician) with complex statistical terms and calculations.

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