For the article, Meeker W. Concepts germane to an evidence-based application of chiropractic theory. Topics in Clinical Chiropractic 2000; 7(1): 67-73.(Try to not be too annoyed by the obvious typographic error “sublwration”. This document is somewhat old and I think the misspelling occurred during translating into a PDF)Terms to understand:theoryhypothesisoperational definitionpropositionhypothesismeasurementvaliditygold standardreliability:inter-examiner intra-examinersensitivity & specificitytrue & false positives true & false negativescohort studyoutcome assessmentresponsivenessrandomized controlled trialdiagnosis (as Meeker defined the term)Questions to ponder:What is significance of an “operational definition”?When is a “margin of error” clinically acceptable?In terms of states of health, what is the relationship between “usual” vs. “unusual” and “normal” vs. “abnormal”? Meeker illustrates these concepts these concepts by
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Type I and type II errors, operational definition, Dr. Meeker