Key Statistical Concepts

  • Pieter H. Joubert
  • Silvia M. Rogers


A major component of medical and scientific work is the collection and interpretation of data. A competent medical/scientific writer should be able to present and interpret data honestly and objectively (see also  Chap. 6, Scientific Misconduct). Although there are many good textbooks on statistics, we thought it worthwhile to provide a concise and uncomplicated review of some basic statistical concepts and tests commonly used in the context of medical and scientific writing.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pieter H. Joubert
    • 1
  • Silvia M. Rogers
    • 2
  1. 1.PHJ Consult Ltd.PangbourneUK
  2. 2.Mediwrite GmbHBaselSwitzerland

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