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Differentiating statistical significance and clinical significance

By: Elizabeth Heavey, PhD, RN, CNM

To implement evidence-based practice, nurses must be able to comprehend and interpret research. That means you need to understand the distinction between statistical significance and clinical significance. Although the two concepts are related, they’re not the same thing. To confuse matters further, many people use the terms incorrectly. Let’s look at a few examples from…

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