NPTE Research & EBP Flashcards

Terms Definitions
Measures of central tendency
mean, median, mode
average of all scores
midpoint of all scores
most frequently occurring score
mean is appropriate for what data types?
interval, ratio
median is appropriate for what data types?
ordinal data
mode is appropriate for what data types?
Measures of variability
range, standard deviation, normal distribution, percentiles & quartiles
difference between highest and lowest score
Standard Deviation
variability of scores from the mean. most frequently used
How to calculate SD
subtract each score from mean, square each difference, add up all squares, divide by number of scores
Normal distribution
symmetrical bell shaped curve indiecating distribution of scores. Mean/median/mode all similar.
Inferential statistics
allow determination of how likely results can be generalized to a population
Standard error of measurement
an estimate of expected errors in a score, measure of response stability or reliability
Tests of significance
estimation of true differences not due to chance, rejection of null hypothesis
Alpha level
probability level - reselected level of statistical significance. Most commonly .05 or .01 (.05= only 5x out of 100 is the difference due to chance)
Degrees of freedom
based on # of subjects and groups, allows determination of level of significance
Standard error
result of sampling error, expected chance variation among the means
Type 1 error
Null hypothesis rejected when it is true.
Type 2 error
Null hypothesis is not rejected when it is false. means concluded to be due to chance when truly different
How to decrease type 1/2 errors
increase sample size, random selection, valid measures
Parametric statistics
Interval or Ratio data
Assumptions for parametric statistics
normal distribution (usu large representative samples this is met), random sampling performed, variance in groups is equal
parametric test of significance used to compare 2 independent groups created by random assignment and ID difference at a selected probability level
T-test for independent samples
compares 2 independent groups
T-test for paired samples
compares 2 matched samples (does therapy incr fxn in siblings with autism)
One-tailed T-test
based on directional hypothesis. Evaluates differences in data on only one end of distribution (neg or pos)
Two-tailed T-test
based on a nondirectional hypothesis. Evaluates differences in data on both ends of a distribution. Tests of signif are almost always two-tailed
Inappropriate use of T-test
use to compare more than 2 means within a single sample.
parametric test used to compare 3 or more independent tx groups at a selected probability level.
Simple (one-way) ANOVA
compares multiple groups on a single IND variable. Ex: Balance Master score for 3 different age groups
Factorial ANOVA
compares multiple groups on two or more IND variables. Ex: 3 levels of ankle injury compared for balance and sensory
Parametric test used to compare 2 or more treatment groups or conditions while also controlling for the effectss of intervening variables.
Nonparametric statistics
ORDINAL or NOMINAL data, testing not based on population parameters
When to use nonparametric
parametric assumptions cannot be met. used with small sample, ordinal or nominal level data. Less powerful than parametric
Chi square test
nonparametric test of significance. Used to compare data in the form of frequency counts in 2 or more mutually exclusive categories (rate treatment preferences)
Correlational statistics
used to determine the relative strength of a relationship between 2 variables
Pearson product-moment coefficient (r)
used to correlate CONTINUOUS data wi
Linear Regression
used to establish relationship between two variables as a basis of prediction
Spearman's Rank
NONPARAMETRIC test to correlate ORDINAL data.
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