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15 Feb
8:37am, 15 Feb 2020
1736 posts
Grast_girl - good point. There could be 500 words on the difference between clinical & statistical significance bashed out without any real need to delve into the stats details!
15 Feb
9:33am, 15 Feb 2020
48521 posts
Dr PhFleecyD
What are the assumptions used by the authors? Could other assumptions be made, and if so, what would a different study or interpretation look like? Are they using a theory or model which could be critiqued? (the answer is yes, just work out how to critique it!) Who are the participants and what are the issues with those participants (often a weak point in studies)? What are the measures they use and what problems do they have and how do they address these (no measure is perfect or all-encompassing)?

You can write almost all of this without even touching the stats. When you get to the stats break it down as much as you can so it looks less scary, then look at their discussion and see if concurs with the stats. It doesn’t always, sometimes authors have overly optimistic conclusions or use weird justifications based on stupid assumptions instead of the most obvious ones.

Don’t forget the good stuff in the paper too!
15 Feb
1:45pm, 15 Feb 2020
33331 posts
LindsD piemate
And 2000 words is not many to do all that.

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