Statistical Mistakes

Misuse of statistical inference in medical research

Method reviews

This section presents references to recently published methodological reviews of statistical errors in medical research publications, in chronological order.

  • George et al. Common Scientific and Statistical Errors in Obesity Research. Obesity 2016;24:781–790.
  • Rapp PE, Cellucci CJ, Keyser DO, Gilpin AM, Darmon DM. Statistical Issues in TBI Clinical Studies. Front Neurol 2013;19:177.
  • Hannigan A, Lynch CD. Statistical methodology in oral and dental research: pitfalls and recommendations. J Dent 2013;41:385-92.
  • Holopigian K, Bach M. A primer on common statistical errors in clinical ophthalmology. Doc Ophthalmol 2010;121:215-22.
  • Zinsmeister AR, Connor JT. Ten common statistical errors and how to avoid them. Am J Gastroenterol 2008;103:262-266.
  • Strasak AM, Zaman Q, Pfeiffer KP, Göbel G, Ulmer H. Statistical errors in medical research–a review of common pitfalls. Swiss Med Wkly 2007;137:44-49.
  • Murphy JR. Statistical errors in immunologic research. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2004;11:1259-1263.
  • Holmes TH. Ten categories of statistical errors: a guide for research in endocrinology and metabolism. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 2004;286:E495-501.
  • Rigby AS. Statistical methods in epidemiology: I. Statistical errors in hypothesis testing. Disabil Rehabil 1998;20:121-126.
  • Rivner MH. Statistical errors and their effect on electrodiagnostic medicine. Muscle Nerve 1994;17:811-814.