USMLE Question of the Week

How to Choose the Correct Statistical Test

In Episode 29 of Med School Question of the Week for USMLE, Alisa Khomutova, MedSchoolCoach expert tutor, answers this medical school question: An investigator has recently conducted a randomized controlled trial in which a novel anesthesia maintenance agent was found to result in shorter emergence and less post-anesthesia drowsiness than the traditional drugs. A number of participants who were administered the medication reported that they had experienced significant nausea from the medication, and rated it as mild, moderate, or severe. Which of the following statistical analyses would best be used to interpret the data below: Mild Nausea – 20% in treatment group, 40% in control group Moderate Nausea – 30% in treatment group, 40% in control group Severe Nausea – 50% in treatment group, 20% in control group
  • ANOVA (analysis of variance)
  • Paired t-test
  • Unpaired t-test
  • Multiple linear regression
  • Multiple logical regression
  • Chi-Square test
  • Pearson Correlation Coefficient
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Chi-Square test

Alisa Khomutova

Alisa received her B.S. from University of California, Davis, and attended Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. In 2020, she matched into Stony Brook Teaching Hospital practicing General Surgery for residency.

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