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Reporting on Cancer Research

Welcome to Reporting on Cancer Research, a Web site for science writers and the public with definitions of terms and brief overviews of how things work in the world of oncology research.

Explaining Study Findings

Tips from the Center for Medicine and the Media, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, developed by Steven Woloshin and Lisa M. Schwartz, Professsors of Medicine.

* Number glossary(absolute risk, relative risk)

* Statistics glossary (p values, confidence intervals, survival)

* Questions to guide reporting (e.g., how important are the outcomes?)

* How to highlight study cautions(useful phrases)

To learn more about statistics:

Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics, Steven Woloshin, Lisa M. Schwartz, H. Gilbert Welch, University of California Press, 2008.

Statistics With Confidence (second edition), Douglas Altman, BMJ Books. London, UK. 2000, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 2000.

Multivariable Analysis: An Introduction, Alvan Feinstein, Yale University Press,
New Haven, CT. 1996.


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