Originally Posted by babydoll
I was just wondering if all of you that think you don't need medical degrees know how to read a T-test or understand what makes a study reliable and/or valid. Likely you don't know much about a good study, how participants need to be chosen, what nullifies data etc.
I can't leave this thread alone either.
I took the same statistics class that pre-med takes. I understand what makes a good study, how to read T-test, and everything else that makes good statistical data really is not difficult to figure out. It's really nothing that the average Joe couldn't understand; just get a college-level book on statistics and read it. I also took lab microbiology and lab physiology. It's not stinkin surgery! Reading lab values, interpreting statistic results, etc, are not hard. Surgery is hard, yes. Memorizing all the drug interactions is hard, yes. If I need surgery, or if my child swollows poison I would be happy to refer to the appropriately trained person for help. Reading statistics, no, I don't need to go to a MD just to be told what stats say.
For example, say, if a study was conducted on a population of 90 pregnant and postpartum women in a women's prison that showed that for the Rh de-senensitization shot to be effective it had to be administered within 72 hours of birth, that is not a good study.
Statistics and their interpretation isn't what we were talking about, anyway, it was why are pregnant women's privacy rights are automatically violated because she presents to the ER in preterm labor.
Privacy is a big issue for me.