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Describing ICU data with tables

Corinne Alberti| Rym Boulkedid
Statistical Note
Volume 40, Issue 5 / May , 2014

Pages 667 - 673

Abstract

Introduction

The purpose of a scientific paper is to communicate results and within the paper this applies especially to the presentation of data. It is the universal practice in medical journals to present statistical results using tables. Good tables are an integral part of the manuscript. To help researchers communicate their results, we present practical guidance for reporting statistical results using tables.

Results

Five key points are presented for reporting statistical results using tables: (1) early reflection and choice about the results to present, (2) presentation of tables and definition of rows and columns, (3) filling the cells, (4) title, caption, footnotes, and quality, (5) final checklist.

Conclusion

This guidance is a practical tool to improve the reporting of statistical results using tables when presenting ICU data in future research.

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