Professor Adrian Esterman
Venues: Cairns D3:063 videolinked to Townsville 48:202
17 August, 11.00am-12.15pm
Traditionally, when writing up the results of a scientific study, researchers provide p-values and even better still, 95% Confidence Intervals. However, these only tell half the story – how statistically significant the findings are. Unfortunately, they say very little about the clinical significance of the findings, which after all, is probably why you are doing the study in the first place! One way of judging the clinical significance of findings is by calculating the effect size. Most top tier medical journals now insist on effect sizes being included in the results, and their use, like 95% Confidence Intervals will eventually become universal. This talk will explain what effect sizes are, and how to calculate them for the various different types of statistical analysis.
Professor Esterman is Chair of Biostatistics and Population Health at AITHM.