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This paper reviews changes in the use of statistics in medical journals during the 1980s. Aspects considered are research design, statistical analysis, the presentation of results, medical journal policy (including statistical refereeing), and the misuse of statistics. Despite some notable successes, the misuse of statistics in medical papers remains common.


Journal article


Stat med

Publication Date





1897 - 1913


Clinical Trials as Topic, Data Interpretation, Statistical, Humans, Models, Statistical, Periodicals as Topic, Publishing, Research Design, Statistics as Topic