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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.


Journal article


Stat med

Publication Date





3275 - 3289


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