Evidence-Based Diagnosis (Practical Guides to Biostatistics by Thomas B. Newman

By Thomas B. Newman

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A) Do US measurements of AAA diameter tend to be higher than CT measurements, or lower? b) In the discussion of the results, the authors write: “Although the difference between CTmax and USmax was statistically significant, the correlation (Fig. ” 38 Reliability and measurement error If the goal is to determine whether clinicians can use CTmax and USmax interchangeably in the management of patients with AAA, what does this “good” correlation coefficient mean? 0 mm). From Sprouse et al. (2003). Used with permission.

Similarly, consider whether the examiners in the study are representative. How were they selected? Perhaps, because of their interest in a research project on inter-observer variability or their location in a center with a particular interest in the problem, the examiners in the study will perform better than what might be expected elsewhere. But the opposite is also possible: sometimes investigators are motivated to study inter-observer variability in a particular setting because they have the impression that it is poor.

You calculate each subject’s sample variance according to the following formula: (M1 − Mavg )2 + (M2 − Mavg )2 + (M3 − Mavg )2 + · · · + (MN − Mavg )2 Single Subject = (N − 1) Sample Variance (Eq. 4) Where N is the total number of repeated measurements on a single subject, M1 , M2 , M3 . . MN are the repeated measurements on a single subject, and Mavg is the average of all N measurements on a single subject. Then, you average these sample variances across all the subjects in the sample and take the square root to get Sw .

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