Statistics for the hand surgeon. Part 1: principles and application to hand surgery research.
Harvey MR., Rodrigues J., Lane JCE., Wade RG., Teunissen JS., Broekstra DC., Harrison C.
Hand surgeons have the potential to improve patient care, both with their own research and by using evidenced-based practice. In this first part of a two-part article, we describe key steps for the analysis of clinical data using quantitative methodology. We aim to describe the principles of medical statistics and their relevance and use in hand surgery, with contemporaneous examples. Hand surgeons seek expertise and guidance in the clinical domain to improve their practice and patient care. Part of this process involves the critical analysis and appraisal of the research of others.