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Title Statistics and ethics in medical research Misuse of statistics is unethical
Author Altman D.G.
Year 1980
Journal British Medical Journal
Volume 281
Pages 1182 - 84.
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Contributed_by Michael Brimacombe PhD, KUMC - KU
Commentary The paper is a nice overview of how statistical results in a medical science setting can be misconstrued or deliberately misunderstood and give rise to unethical outcomes in research and legal settings. Ethical conduct as a biostatistician implies reporting results clearly in a fair and useful context, so results can be understood and fairly applied. If not, they can result in the misuse of patients by exposing them to unjustified risk, which violates many current consent criteria.
Reference_Subject Biostat_Ethics
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