Journal of General Internal Medicine

, 21:656

A clinician-educator’s roadmap to choosing and interpreting statistical tests

  • Donna M. Windish
  • Marie Diener-West

DOI: 10.1111/j.1525-1497.2006.00390.x

Cite this article as:
Windish, D.M. & Diener-West, M. J Gen Intern Med (2006) 21: 656. doi:10.1111/j.1525-1497.2006.00390.x


As educators seek confirmation of successful trainee achievement, medical education must move toward a more evidence-based approach to teaching and evaluation. Although medical training often provides physicians with a general background in biostatistics, many are not prepared to apply these skills. This can hinder clinician educators as they wish to develop, analyze and disseminate their scholarly work. This paper is intended to be a concise educational tool and guide for choosing and interpreting statistical tests aimed toward medical education assessment. It includes guidelines and examples that clinician-educators can use when analyzing and interpreting studies and when writing methods and results sections of reports.

Key words

medical educationeducational researchstatisticsfaculty development

Copyright information

© Society of General Internal Medicine 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donna M. Windish
    • 1
  • Marie Diener-West
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Internal MedicineYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiostatisticsThe Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Yale Primary Care Residency ProgramWaterbury