Statistics appear with increasing frequency in the occupational therapy literature. At the same time many therapists do not understand the reasons for selecting certain statistics for a study. This article outlines an approach to selecting statistics that can be used with many research studies. The approach is useful in evaluating the choice of statistics in a published study or a research proposal or in planning a study. The presentation is conceptual, illustrated with examples from occupational therapy literature.
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