Data may not have been summarised appropriately

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7053.361b (Published 10 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:361
  1. Derek Lowe
  1. Medical statistician Fazakerley Hospital, Liverpool L9 7AL

    EDITOR,—June M C McArdle and colleagues end their paper by saying that “the failure to reduce morbidity in the combined approach [routine care plus support from a breast care nurse and a voluntary organisation] is difficult to explain.”1 This logic is not supported by the data presented.

    An overconcentration on P values at the expense of descriptive trends seems to have led the authors to conclude that “scores were consistently lower in patients offered support from [a] breast care nurse alone compared with the other …

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