Review Article| Volume 49, ISSUE 5, P471-474, September 2010

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A 5-year Review of Statistical Methods Presented in The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery®

  • Andrew J. Meyr
    Address correspondence to: Andy Meyr, DPM, Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Department of Surgery, 8th at Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
    Assistant Professor, Department of Podiatric Surgery, Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
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      This article presents a review of the statistical analyses used by authors and published in The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery® from January 2004 to December 2008. Of the 215 articles reviewed, descriptive statistics were used in 84% and comparative statistics in 68%. The most commonly used comparative statistical tests were Student t test (30%), analysis of variance (14%), the Mann Whitney U test (Wilcoxon rank sum) test (13%), chi-squared analyses (11%), and Fisher's exact test (10%). The aim of this investigation was to review the prevalences of various statistical methods used by foot and ankle surgeons, as reported in The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery®, and to serve as a primer of the most common methods used in the analysis of surgical data and the development of a scientific basis for the practice of foot and ankle surgery.

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