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Research Article  |   October 1986
The Choice of an Appropriate Statistic: A Nonmathematical Approach
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  • William C. Mann, PhD, OTR, is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY 14214
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Research Article   |   October 1986
The Choice of an Appropriate Statistic: A Nonmathematical Approach
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1986, Vol. 40, 696-701. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.10.696
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 1986, Vol. 40, 696-701. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.10.696
Abstract

Statistics appear with increasing frequency in the occupational therapy literature. At the same time many therapists do not understand the reasons for selecting certain statistics for a study. This article outlines an approach to selecting statistics that can be used with many research studies. The approach is useful in evaluating the choice of statistics in a published study or a research proposal or in planning a study. The presentation is conceptual, illustrated with examples from occupational therapy literature.