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Research Article

Ordinal scale and statistics in medical research.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986; 292 doi: (Published 22 February 1986) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986;292:537
  1. M Forrest,
  2. B Andersen


    A survey of the 1982 editions of 12 medical journals showed that in at least 70% of 175 papers employing ordinal measurement scales, statistical methods were used, which do, in fact, assume a more refined measurement scale. Non-parametric methods suited for analysis of ordinal data are listed.