Statistical significance does not imply a real effect

Jimmie Leppink*, Kal Winston, Patricia O’Sullivan

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The overall purpose of the 'Statistical Points and Pitfalls' series is to help readers and researchers alike increase awareness of how to use statistics and why 'how we fall into inappropriate choices or interpretations. We hope to help readers understand common misconceptions and give clear guidance on how to avoid common pitfalls by offering simple lips to improve V our reporting of quantitative research findings. Each entry discusses a commonly encountered inappropriate practice and alternatives from a pragmatic perspective with no mathematics involved. We encourage readers to share comments on or suggestions for this section on Twitter. using the hashtap: #mededstats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122–124
Number of pages3
JournalPerspectives on Medical Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016

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